By Lois Lowry
Recommended for Ages 9-12
Winner of the 1990 Newberry Medal
Lowry (1989) tells the story of Annemarie Johannesen and her best friend Ellen Rosen in Nazi-occupied Denmark during World War II. Ellen and her family are Jews and have just learned that they will be sent to concentration camps. The story is about how Annemarie and her family try to help smuggle the Rosen's out of the country. This fictional story is based on the historical account of how the Danish Resistance was able to smuggle almost the entire Jewish population out of Denmark and into Sweden, saving them from the Nazis. It is a wonderful story of altruism and bravery that gives its reader a glimpse of what it would have been like to live in Denmark at that time. It is told from a child's perspective, offering a unique look at history.
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Lowry, L. (1989). Number the stars. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.