“It is important to be one of the crowd, always. Be one of many. Be sure that they never have reason to remember your face.”
It’s 1943. Nazi Germany is currently occupying Denmark, and the world is waging war. Hitler gives the order for all Danish Jews to be arrested and deported.
A catastrophe was averted at this point in time, thanks to the Danish Resistance, who managed to smuggle nearly all of Denmark’s Jewish population overseas to Sweden.
Recognized as one of the largest actions of collective resistance throughout Hitler’s reign, the rescue of the Danish Jews inspired Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars. The protagonist, ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen, is best friends with a Jewish girl named Ellen Rosen. When Ellen’s family evacuates and leaves Ellen with the Johansens, they realize it is up to their community to ensure not just the Rosen’s safety, but the safety of the entire Jewish community of Denmark.
Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars shows human resilience through the worst of tragedies, the power of community, and the essence of our humanity -- compassion.An important read for young adults, Number the Stars makes a powerful addition to any reading list or classroom, from English to History. Buy Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars in bulk today.