Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry tells the true story of how the Danish people saved most of the country’s Jewish population during World War II by sneaking them across the water to Sweden right under the Nazi’s noses. The book focuses on two fictional families with ten-year-old girls, Annemarie and Ellen, living in Copenhagen in 1943. When word spreads at the Jewish New Year that the Nazi’s will be “relocating” the Jews, Annemarie’s family does everything they can to save and protect Ellen’s family.

I read Number the Stars aloud to my homeschooled sons (7, 9, and 14) as part of history class since we are currently learning about World War II. All three boys enjoyed it and were especially interested when I read the end where it tells what parts are fact and what parts are fiction. My 9-year-old loved the book the most and was so excited to learn that so many people really did help to save the Danish Jews from the Nazis. I highly recommend this book to people of all ages.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2016: 20
Pages Read in 2016: 5111
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