Number the Stars

Written by Lois Lowry

Reviewed by Brenda M. (age 9)

Have you ever thought about what life was like a long time ago during World War II? Annemarie has to help her friend, Ellen, escape from the Nazis. Annemarie, Mama, and Ellen go to Uncle Henrik’s house. Then they have a funeral for Aunt Birte. The Jewish people came to the funeral. Ellen said that she knows all her family and that she doesn’t know who she is because she knows every one in her family. What is going on?

I liked this book because it made me sad, and I like sad books a lot. My favorite part is when Kirsti shows the Nazi soldiers her black shoes of made fish skin. I liked Annemarie because she is brave like my mom. One of the characters that changed was Annemarie. She became more mature at the end. When Uncle Henrik told Annemarie, “you are brave,” that reminded me of what my mom says to me. One of the big ideas in the story was friendship. Annemarie and Ellen stood stood by one another.

I recommend this book to 4th graders up to adults because they will like it. I know my Aunt Janet liked it! I think the most interesting part is the history. I like this book a lot because it makes me think of my mom.

Brenda M. is a student in Mrs. Bajczuk's 3rd Grade through 4th Grade Class
2008-2009