Number The Stars

By: Lois Lowry

By: Karsten West Period Four

Key

# Real people in history

* Fake characters

In wartime heroes rise and villains are defeated!!

  • The setting is Copenhagen in the 1940's.

The book number the stars is about a little girl named Annemarie and her friend Ellen, who is Jewish, and the challenges they face to try to protect Ellen, her family, and other Jewish people. Annemarie and Ellen are getting ready for the Jewish new year when all the sudden the German soldiers are taking Jewish people to camps where they torture them. So Annemarie, Ellen, Kirsti, and Mama go to Uncle Henrik's house to hide Ellen. Then Peter, the guy Annmarie's older sister was going to marry, and Uncle Henrik help a bunch of Jewish people over to Sweden. The trip is successful and the war ends, and at the end of the book Annmarie asks her dad to fix Ellen's Jewish necklace so she can wear it!


  • The main characters of the book are:
  • * Annemarie, the main character the narrator
  • * Ellen, Annemarie's best friend she is Jewish
  • * Mama, Annemarie's mom
  • * Uncle Henrik, Annemarie's uncle
  • * Peter, the guy her sister was going to marry until she died
  • The supporting characters are:
  • * Mr. Rosen, Ellen's dad
  • * Mrs. Rosen, Ellen's mom
  • * Kirsti, Annemarie's little sister
  • * Papa, Annemarie's dad
  • # The German Soldiers


"Since 1945, the word has taken on a new and horrible meaning: the mass murder of some 6 million European Jews (as well as members of some other persecuted groups, such as Gypsies and homosexuals) by the German Nazi regime during the Second World War. To the anti-Semitic Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, Jews were an inferior race, an alien threat to German racial purity and community. After years of Nazi rule in Germany, during which Jews were consistently persecuted, Hitler’s “final solution”–now known as the Holocaust–came to fruition under the cover of world war, with mass killing centers constructed in the concentration camps of occupied Poland." "In the decade after he was released from prison, Hitler took advantage of the weakness of his rivals to enhance his party’s status and rise from obscurity to power. On January 20, 1933, he was named chancellor of Germany. After President Paul von Hindenburg’s death in 1934, Hitler anointed himself as “Fuhrer,” becoming Germany’s supreme ruler." "The twin goals of racial purity and spatial expansion were the core of Hitler’s worldview, and from 1933 onward they would combine to form the driving force behind his foreign and domestic policy. At first, the Nazis reserved their harshest persecution for political opponents such as Communists or Social Democrats. The first official concentration camp opened at Dachau (near Munich) in March 1933, and many of the first prisoners sent there were Communists. Like the network of concentration camps that followed, becoming the killinggrounds of the Holocaust,Dachau was under the control of Heinrich Himmler, head of the elite Nazi guard, the Schutzstaffel (SS), and later chief of the German police."


  • Simile: Page five," You look like hoodlums when you run." This simile is comparing the girls to hoodlums.
  • Metaphor: Page three," one of the soldiers, the taller one, moved toward her. Annemarie recognized him as the one she and Ellen always called, in whispers, "The Giraffe." This metaphor is comparing this tall soldier to a giraffe.
  • Personification: Page sixty- nine," Kirsti joined their laughter, as the three of them pictured a mound of frightened butter under military arrest." I know this is a personification because butter can't be frightened or be under military arrest.
  • Symbol: Page fifty-three," and she will be bringing you a carton of cigarettes." "Yes,just one." "but there are a lot of cigarettes available in Copenhagen now, if you know where to look," "and so there will be others coming to you s well, I'm sure." I know this is a symbol because it is using cigarettes as a symbol for Jewish people.

  • Vocabulary:
  • Sulking: Page three, It means to be silent. I was sulking and walking around in my bedroom nervous that the soldiers might come in.
  • Haughtily: Page nineteen, it means to be snotty. The soldiers stopped us and when Kirsti came up to us he told us we looked like hoodlums, Kirsti shouted haughtily,' I do not look like what ever hoodlums are!' "
  • Intoned: Page thirty-nine, it means to speak with a particular tone. You look crazy when you run, i intoned the soldier that had stopped us.
  • Frothy: Page seventy-five, it means foamy. When Uncle Henrik milked Blossom the milk came out all frothy.
  • Wryly: Page seventy-seven, it means a little or lopsided smile or grin. i smiled wryly when Uncle Henrik told me about Great-aunt Birte.