Number the Stars
Author: Lois Lowry
Grade Level Equivalent:
Guided Reading Level:
Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Courage, Bravery, Heroism, Holocaust, Prejudice and Tolerance Experiences, Jewish Experience
As German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, 10-year-old Annemarie Johansen's family takes in Annemarie's best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her by pretending she's part of the family. Then, through Annemarie's eyes, readers watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark — nearly 7,000 people — across the sea to Sweden.
Two-time Newbery Medal winner Lois Lowry was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Today she lives and writes in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a house dominated by a very shaggy Tibetan terrier named Bandit. Her hobbies include gardening, knitting, and photography. Her own photos appear on the covers of her award-winning books Number the Stars and The Giver.