Number the Stars

Written by Lois Lowry

Reviewed by Jack B. (age 11)

What would you do if your best friend?s life was in danger and the only way to save them would be willing to sacrifice your life? I just finished reading the book Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, a great suspenseful book. Here?s the catch. Annemarie Johansson and Ellen Rosen are best friends in Copenhagen, Denmark. Nazis have invaded! The have also stolen the list of Jews from the synagogue and Ellen is Jewish! Annemarie, Ellen, and Mrs. Johansson travel to the countryside to Uncle Henrik?s house. Will Ellen and her parents be able to get safely to Sweden or will they be captured by the Nazis soldiers? Find out in Number the Stars!

This book had a lot of cool parts in it. My favorite part would have to be when Annemarie has to take a special packet to Uncle Henrik or the secret mission will be dangered. During this time there are a lot of suspenseful parts. For example, when Annemarie is almost to the docks there are four dark figures standing in her way and the aren?t letting her through. Annemarie changed in this book. She changed from a normal, ordinary, girl in Copenhagen to a brave little girl willing to sacrifice her life for her best friend. While I was reading this book I thought of many things. For example, when the book was over and the war ended what happened to the runaway Jews? I felt excited when I read this book because this book has a lot of action and history; things that catch my interests.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves action, suspense, and history. Some interesting things that happened in this book are that it takes place in World War II and the farther you got into the book the more interesting the book gets, you don?t want to put it down.

Jack B. is a student in Mrs. Turcotte's 6th Grade Class
2003-2004