• Number the Stars

    by Lois Lowry Year Published: 1989 Fiction : Juvenile audience : English

    As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.

    Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.

    With a new introduction by the author.

    Winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal, 1989 Sydney Taylor
    Questions to Ponder:  

    In what kinds of circumstances do ordinary people find themselves doing extraordinary things to help others?

    What kinds of courage are there? How would you define courage in your own life?

    What is personal freedom, and why is it important in your life? Why is it essential to protect the freedom of others even if your own is not threatened?

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