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Number the Stars Paperback – May 2, 2011
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The evacuation of Jews from Nazi-held Denmark is one of the great untold stories of World War II. On September 29, 1943, word got out in Denmark that Jews were to be detained and then sent to the death camps. Within hours the Danish resistance, population and police arranged a small flotilla to herd 7,000 Jews to Sweden. Lois Lowry fictionalizes a true-story account to bring this courageous tale to life. She brings the experience to life through the eyes of 10-year-old Annemarie Johannesen, whose family harbors her best friend, Ellen Rosen, on the eve of the round-up and helps smuggles Ellen's family out of the country. Number the Stars won the 1990 Newbery Medal. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Set in Nazi-occupied Denmark in 1943, this 1990 Newbery winner tells of a 10-year-old girl who undertakes a dangerous mission to save her best friend. Ages 10-14.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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At first, the kids were not excited to read historical fiction. But soon, even the reluctant readers were begging to spend more time reading instead of doing the vocabulary games they usually prefer. One of the students usually avoids reading at all costs, but was so enamored of this book that I gave him his very own copy to keep, and he told me, "This is the best book EVER!", and then ran off yelling to his friends, "Ms. So-and-so just gave me this awesome book! You guys've gotta read it!" Music to a teacher's ears.
Before we started the book, we did a short research writing unit to build background knowledge; students could research Denmark or the Holocaust. Then, as we read, it was so neat to see the excitement on their faces as the book mentioned things they had discovered in their independent research, such as King Carl X riding his horse around the village, the Six Days War, the importance of fishing as an industry in Denmark, and the Danes blowing up their own navy rather than letting the Nazis take it. They said, 'Now I know why you wanted us to research that!' and some even asked to go back to their research sources to learn more.
The book also spurred great discussions, many initiated and led by the students: discussions about social justice and whether obeying the law or caring for others is more important (it was fascinating to watch a very inflexible, rule-bound boy with autism come to his own conclusion that disobeying a bad law might be okay in some circumstances), why parents sometimes hide information from their children, differences between Judaism and Christianity (yay, they really do understand compare and contrast diagrams!), what it means to be courageous (in which a very quiet girl realized she had shown courage when she resisted peer pressure-- not an easy thing to do in 7th grade), why wars begin and how they end. This was the most effective reading experience we had all year. Too bad the book isn't longer!
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This book is a great lens into WWII and Hitler's anti-Semitic campaign without being too.... graphic and direct. The author captures the terror, deprivation and repression of German occupation in a well woven web of familial and political ties. The narrative (1st person, from a young girl's perspective) is reflective, compelling and descriptive. The storyline arc is a steady crescendo towards resolution of several plots: why older sister Lise died, how Annabelle's Jeweish friend Ellen and her family will escape, and if Denmark will survive occupation. The epilogue is especially interesting - cocaine & dried blood on hankerchiefs. Brilliant!
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