I have just finished reading Number the Stars By Lois Lowry, the author of The Giver, a very popular book. This story takes place in Copenhagen, Germany and is about a German family’s escape from the Nazi’s.
The books starts out with ten year old Annemarie and Ellen as they are on their way to school in Copenhagen Germany. As they are walking they get stopped but some guards which later will be know as Nazis and are told to stop messing around. They find this weird and head back home. Ellen is a Jewish girl so she attends a different school than Annemarie does, but just because they don’t have the same beliefs doesn’t mean that they can’t be best friends, which they are. Now Annemarie and Ellen live in the same apartment building as each other and live just down the hall, Ellen usually is hanging out with Annemarie and they are inseparable. One day while Annemarie and Ellen were having a sleepover Annemarie’s parents were suddenly woken up by a loud knock at the door, Ellen knew it was the Nazis and started to freak out a lot, this was unsettling to Annemarie because she didn’t understand at first. The two nazis had demanded to see all the children in the home because they were checking for any Jewish people hiding out in others homes. Luckily to Annemarie’s father’s fast thinking he had told the Nazis that Ellen was their daughter but when they didn’t believe that he showed them some baby pictures of their dead daughter that kind of looked like Ellen. Seeing this they left and believed Annemarie. This was a scary experience for them and what made it even worse was when they found out in the morning that Ellen’s parents were taken.
I like that they start the book out like this because it starts the suspense
Another good thing about this book was when they added a kind of suspense and then had taken it away but brought back the danger and suspense to trick you. This happened when Annemarie’s family was try to take Ellen to go and meet her parents and when they got to the place, there were Nazis everywhere. This made the journey very difficult because not everyone would believe that Ellen wasn’t Jewish. This was a big conflict in the book because the author would tease the reader and make it seem like they caught Ellen but they never did until they got to the place where her parents were supposed to be. Ellen had arrived earlier than expected and had to wait out in a house with Annemarie’s family till her parents came and while everyone was sleeping some Nazis came and tried to take Ellen away because they knew she was Jewish. Luckily she was able to hide from them and they went away.
This was a really good book that I would rate 9/10 because it had all of the suspense that I love to have in a book and was also very historically accurate. It really keeps you on the edge of our seat and you don’t want to put the book down. I think that anyone who has any interest in historical fiction would like this book, the author did such a great job with all of the details and thought. It almost seems as if the author were Annemarie telling the story over again. I loved this book and would probably read it again sometime because I will remember how good it is.