[2013] Becca Engstrom: Number The Stars

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[2013] Becca Engstrom: Number The Stars

By, Becca Engstrom

Author: Lois LowryPages: 137Genre: historical fiction

Annemarie Johansen is a 10 year old girl who lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. She lives right next to her best friend Ellen Rosen, who is Jewish. The Nazi soldiers are now on every corner of every street. Now that the Jews are being “relocated”, Ellen is moving in with the Johansens, pretending to be their older daughter Lise, who died when Annemarie was younger, and when their younger sister Kirsti who just a baby. Before Ellen moves in with Annemarie and her family, she gets stopped by a Nazi soldier one day while she, Annemarie, and Kirsti were racing. The two soldiers didn’t hurt them, but they told them not to run on the streets, and they asked them some questions. On the first night that Ellen is staying with Annemarie, Nazi soldiers notice that the Rosen family is gone, so they enter the Johansens family house to see if they were helping them hide. They saw that they were not hiding there, but they suspected Ellen as not being part of the family because she had dark curly hair, and everybody else had blonde hair, that wasn’t curly. Luckily, Mr. Johansen thought fast and pulled out a picture of Lise as a baby, where she had dark brown hair. The Nazi soldiers fell for it. The next day, Ellen, Annemarie, and Kirsti didn’t go to school. Mr. Johansen thought it would be too risky. That day, they go to Mr. Johansen’s brother’s house, on the farm. Mr. Johansen doesn’t go with them because he doesn’t want anybody to start suspecting anything while they’re gone. They almost get caught. On their way there, a Nazi soldier asked them why they aren’t celebrating the (Jewish) New Year and Mrs. Johansen acted like she didn’t know what he was talking about, so he would know they aren’t Jewish. Then, Kirsti began to talk. Annemarie thought she was going to say something about Ellen, and say it’s her New Year, but she didn’t. Instead, she told him about her shoes, and how she was going to see her Uncle Henrik. When they got there, they did normal stuff like explore the farm, and walk down to the ocean. They sleep at Uncle Henriks house for the first night, but not for the second. The next day, Annemarie starts to notice that her mom has been acting different lately. Also her Uncle Henrik. He is a fisher men, so he always has to leave very early in the morning. But on the next day, he plans to go at night, and Annemarie doesn’t know why. Her uncle later tells her that because the Jews are being relocated, he will take them on his boat to Sweden, where there are no Nazis. That night, they fake the death of their great aunt Birte (who doesn’t exist). Many people came to escape Denmark, or “great aunt Birtes death”. A Nazi soldier does come by because he notices that there were a lot of people there. They explain the death of their “great aunt”, and the Nazi soldier believes them. Once he leaves, they start to get ready to go to Annemarie’s uncle’s boat. They go in small groups. Mrs. Johansen leads the second group, and they make it to the dock safely, but it takes her a while to get back to her brother’s house, because it was so dark. While she was on her way back, she tripped on the root of a tree and fell. Annemarie starts to get nervous, because her mom doesn’t come home. That morning she she’s her mom on the ground outside and calls the doctor. Because the doctor can’t know why she was running, she tells the doctor that she fell down the stairs. Later that morning, Annemarie notices an envelope that was supposed to get to her uncle before he left to go to Sweden. Will Annemarie be able to get it to her uncle in time?

Number The Stars

Literary Elements

Climax:The climactic moment in the book is when Annemarie, Ellen, Kirsti, and Mrs. Johansen get to her brother’s house.

Character: AnnemarieAnnemarie is very brave. She is brave because she risked her life going on a mission to give her uncle a envelope, and she didn’t know what was in it. If she was caught, and there was something bad in it, she could have been killed.

Summary

I would recommend this book to anybody who wants to read a good book, with a lot of details. Number the Stars is a book about friendship, and not giving up. I rate this book five stars, and would recommend it to everybody.

Authors Theme: I think the authors theme is family and friendship. I think this because in the book, Annemarie and her younger sister Kirsti treat Ellen like she is part of their family, and they do anything to make sure she is safe.


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