Book Review: Number the Stars

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Number the Stars
Lois Lowry is the author of Number the stars. She published her book in 1989 by Random House in New York. Her books have a variety of styles and content, but they all have the same general theme, such as, number the stars is set in a different culture and era but all her books tell the same story: that of the role that we humans play in the lives of our fellow beings. Lowry has written 20 novels and she has won the Newberry Medal award twice (Lowry, Lois Lowry-Bio). She also tackles hard topics such as, adoption, mental illness, cancer, Holocaust, and futuristic societies. Her website is She measures her success as an author by her ability to help adolescents answer their own questions about life, identify and human relationships. Being born into an army family in 1937 really gives her an outlook on her stories and brings them to life with her detail because she lived in the era. Number the Stars is a historical novel set in Denmark during World War II. Lowry has written the novel in third person ("He says," as opposed to, "I said," which is first person), using a limited omniscient viewpoint (only Annemarie's thoughts and feelings are revealed). Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her family live in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their lives have changed drastically because the Nazis now occupy Denmark (1943). Through Annemarie, we learn that the Danes must abide by curfews and use blackout curtains on their windows. They have no fuel for heat, and electricity has been rationed. The Danes must use candles to light their homes. They have sadly become accustomed to Nazi soldiers standing on every street corner and have learned to be "just another face in the crowd," going about their business, trying not to be noticed by the Nazis. The adults are fearful and sad because they understand the dangers of the Nazis occupation of Denmark and they have experienced loss resulting from the actions of the Nazis. Annemarie's older sister,...
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