by Captain Lyaf Yarr

Title: Number the Stars
Author: Lois Lowry
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 156 Pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Summary: Two years into World War II, Nazis are hunting Jews. Annemarie Johansens is a 10 year old girl living in Copenhagen, Denmark. But everything changes once her best friend, Ellen Rosen has to hide from the Nazis for being a Jew. The Johansens decide to take her in and disguise her as Annemarie’s dead older sister. After that EVERYTHING is chaos! Annmarie is forced to mature. Childhood is a thing of the past. Everyone has to be brave and courageous and somehow pull though.

Why I Started the Book:

I started this book because we read it in class for a project in language arts.


  • Every chapter kept me on the edge of my seat, I had to keep reading and figure out what happen!
  • I can’t help but feel sympathetic toward Annemarie. No ten year old should have to go through what she did!
  • Kirsti is defiantly my favorite character in this book! She’s so adorable and oblivious to everyone! She’s self-centered and is always craving pink frosted cupcakes. I love cupcakes and can relate to such cravings… but mine don’t necessarily have to have pink frosting.
  • I love the chapter where Annmarie and Ellen are waiting for the soldiers to arrive in their bed and Papa acts like a barrier and acts like he will do anything to protect his loved one! So sweet and brave!


  • I think that it is so sad to think about World War II and the horror involved! 🙁

Last minute thoughts: This was a really good book! I defiantly want to read more book by Louis Lowry! But I wonder if all of of her books are about historic events? This book is a Newberry Award winner.

Buy: Number the Stars

Book Rating: I give this book 4.5 Treasure chests!

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