Number the Stars

Written by Lois Lowry

Reviewed by Sarah (age 10)

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My book is called Number the Stars. It was written by Lois Lowry and published by Yearling Newbery. This book has no illustrator and no pictures. It has 137 pages.

In this book a ten-year-old named Ann Marie Johansen and her best friend, Ellen Rosen, are in the time period of World War II. Ellen was an only child, but Ann Marie had an older sister. Ann Marie's older sister was hit by a car and died. Ann Marie received her older sister's trunk with her wedding dress in it. Nobody but Ann Marie opens the trunk.

German Nazi's were on the look out for Jewish families and the Rosens were a Jewish family. The Johansen's took Ellen in to live with them because it was too dangerous for Ellen's entire family to be hidden. The Nazi's got suspicious and came to the Johansen's house. They went to the room where Ellen and Ann Marie were sleeping. Quietly, Ann Marie pulled off Ellen's Star of David necklace just before the Nazi's came in. After this, Ann Marie hid the necklace and told Ellen she hid it. After that they faced many challenges. The Johansen's struggled to save the Rosens and eventually the war ended. Something else happened to them at the end. Read the book to find out.

I would recommend this book to 4th graders and up. Whenever the Nazi's would come into the picture, I would get a trembling feeling. I thought that this was a very interesting and exciting story.

The reason why the author wrote this book is because her friend used to tell her stories about little Ann Marie and her friend, Ellen. The author really liked Ann Marie and probably wanted the reader to like her too. I do not have a favorite part. I think this is the best book I have ever read. My favorite character is Ann Marie because she is brave and quick thinking, and I do not think that I could ever be like her.

I have not ever read any other books by the author, but I think if I did I would really like it.

Sarah is a student in Mrs. Hinkley's 5th/6th Grade Class
2001-2002