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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry


Book Summary

A Danish girl and her family shelter a Jewish friend during World War II. As Annemarie and her younger sister, Kirsti, begin to see their neighborhood streets changing - from armed soldiers in the streets to shops closing - life changes abruptly when the soldiers come knocking at their door. Is Annemarie brave enough to do what it takes to save her best friend?

Book Review

This book is excellent for a read-aloud or small group book study. The vocabulary and symbolism are relatively simple, making the book accessible for upper elementary audiences. At the same time, it introduces complex ideas about justice, bravery, and history.

Number the Stars book cover
Number the Stars

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • WWII
  • Denmark
  • Prejudice
  • Rebellion
  • Bravery

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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