Bibliographic Information: Lowry, Lois (1998). Number the Stars. New York, NY: Laurel Leaf Publishing.
Brief Annotation: During the Holocaust, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in her friend Ellen Rosen, a Danish Jew. The Johansen’s put their lives in danger to do the right thing by protecting Ellen from the Nazis.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grade Level: Grades 5-6
Readers who will like this: Students interested in WWII will appreciate the references to that time period. Girls will also like this book because of the relationship between Annemarie and Ellen.
Rating/Response: 8/10. A touching story about making sacrifice for the people you love. Also, very historically accurate.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: What would you be willing to sacrifice for your best friend?
Posted by: Billy Gregg