Number the Stars

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Number the Stars
Author: Lowry, Lois
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1945
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: Denmark
Topics: WWII
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Middle Grade
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 2011

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In Lois Lowry's unforgettable Newbery Medal–winning novel, a ten-year-old Danish girl's bravery is tested when her best friend is threatened by Nazis in 1943.

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.

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