Book #6: Number the Stars

Book #6: Number the Stars

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Faith, Friendship, and Fortitude

Number The StarsReady to be transported in history? In her Newbery Award–winning classic, Number the Stars , Lois Lowry takes readers to Nazi-occupied Denmark in 1943. The story is told through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie Johanesen when she understakes a dangerous mission to save her best friend.

On September 29, 1943, word gets out that Jews are to be detained and sent to death camps. Annemarie is terrified by this news because her best friend, Ellen Rosen, is Jewish.

When Annemarie's family learns of the resistance movement in motion to smuggle the entire Jewish population of Denmark (nearly seven thousand people) across the sea to Sweden, they stop at nothing to ensure their friends' safety.

The evacuation of Jews from Nazi-held Denmark is one of the great untold stories of World War II. Lois Lowry fictionalizes a true-story account to bring this courageous tale to life.

Book images and excerpts from Number the Stars by Author Lois Lowry, Laurel-Leaf, HMH Books for Young Readers

By telling us a story, Author Lois Lowry makes learning history fun!

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If I handed you a book of facts about Denmark's resistance against the Germans during World War II, how excited would you be to read it?

But what if, instead, I gave you a story of a young girl who risks everything to save her best friend from the Nazis? 

Your curiosity would be peaked, wouldn't it? So much so, you might not even realize the bits and pieces of world history you picked up along the way!

Put this theory to the test with this month's Discussion Guide:

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A Puzzling Past

Try to solve this crossword puzzle before reading Number the Stars. After you've finished the book, try again! You'll be amazed by how much you've learned without even trying.





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Courage, Quick Thinking, and a Little Luck

The Johansens and the Rosens face many challenges. They must be brave, even when they don't feel brave. They must act quickly, even when they don't have much information. Keep track of how they avoid getting caught!




And as always, the month's Discussion Guide contains dazzling DISCUSSION QUESTIONS and juicy JOURNAL TOPICS!

Download the Discussion Guide here!

Book images and excerpts from Number the Stars by Author Lois Lowry, Laurel-Leaf, HMH Books for Young Readers

Children Concentrate

"Would she die to protect them? Truly? Annemarie was honest enough to admit, there in the darkness, to herself, that she wasn't sure. . . "

Annemarie doesn't consider herself to be brave, but when she is tested, she discovers her incredible strength and courage. Sometimes it takes having to do something that scares us, to find out how strong we really are.

Put yourself in Annemarie's shoes. What would you have done?

Think about any prejudice [discrimination or inequality] you have observed in the world. How can Annemarie's brave example help you speak up for the fair treatment of others?

Book images and excerpts from Number the Stars by Author Lois Lowry, Laurel-Leaf, HMH Books for Young Readers

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