Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1977)
Review by Manpreet - Grade 11
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Rating: 9 out of 10
The book, Number the Stars, is deserving of nine stars. This book elicits all types of emotions. Parts of the story are upsetting and depressing, but other moments are sweet and lovable. The author explores how family and friends are extremely valuable, and will always be by your side whenever you need them. In the story, Annemarie Johansen, a young ten-year-old girl, lives in Denmark with her loving family and in the same neighborhood that her best friend Ellen lives in.
Ellen and her family are in danger from the Nazis because they are Jewish. When Ellen’s parents have to leave Denmark, Ellen and the Johansens are challenged to face several problems. One of them was to ensure the Nazis that Ellen was the Johansson's Daughter. After a while, Ellen and her parents finally unite. But they knew staying there was not safe, so together both families decided to make a plan where Ellen and her family will escape to Sweden until the war ends. This was very difficult for both families. The Johansens showed their loyalty and true friendship by helping them escape to Sweden. Even though it was very hard for Annemarie to let her friend go, she remained quiet and peacefully waited for that day when everything would be normal again.
This is one of my favorite historical fiction novels because it tells about the author’s childhood experiences in wartime. The book is filled with symbols, metaphors, similes, and personifications which makes the book more meaningful and interesting. The book contains several emotional moments that would make you cry. Overall, there is an excellent plot and plenty of heartwarming moments, which makes this book worthy of reading.
This novel is for children ages 10 and up, who are being taught about World War 2. This book is appropriate for children because it does not include any violent nor bloody scenes. I will recommend this book to ages 10+ because it makes learning history more interesting.