Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Book Review: Number the Stars

Annemarie was living a relatively normal life despite the war. Then the Nazi’s start their search for Jews. Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen, is a Jew, and so to keep her safe, Annemarie’s family takes her in and pretend she’s Annemarie’s sister.
As fun as that is, they know Ellen is still in danger, so the go to Uncle Henrik who may be able to help Ellen and her family get to safety.
Along the way to getting Ellen to safety, Annemarie learns that it’s easier to be brave when you don’t know the whole truth.

I thought this book was really interesting. The story reminded me of Anne Frank (who I’m currently reading), but I thought it was unique to have the story told, not by the Jewish girl, but by her friend.
I received this book as a gift a long(ish) time ago, and I don’t know why I didn’t read it! I love reading Middle Grade fiction because a child’s perspective is so different from anyone elses.
I felt the characters were well developed, which added to the complexity of this simple story. 
Reading more award winning books that weren’t really up my alley has made me appreciate why this literature is so great.

This book was read as part of the Award Winning Reads Challenge


1 comment:

  1. You're right! Having the main character not be Jewish and having the story told during the Holocust was good to read about!


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