The Bookshelf – Number the Stars by Lois Lowry


I made a goal this year to read all of the Newbery Award Winning Books. I’ve had this on my “to-do” list since as far back as I can remember. I was an Education major during graduate school, and I took an adolescent literature class where we spent the semester reading young adult lit. It was the first time I gained an appreciation for YA authors and YA plots and ever since, I’ve wanted to spend more time with these books. So this is the year and here is the first book. It was a good one…a really good one. I’m hoping the others can hold up…

This story is shown through the eyes of a 10 year old little girl, Annemarie and deals with the Danish Resistance smuggling nearly all of the Jewish population of Denmark across the sea to Sweden and to safety.

WHAT DID I THINK? I LOVED this book! I’ve always had a huge interest in the Holocaust. When I was young, my Dad gave me an old copy of The Diary of Anne Frank and I would spend hours in my room reading this book, take it with me everywhere I went and read it over and over again. This story is told from a child’s perspective as well and shows the innocence of children, but also shows just how quickly the children of the Holocaust had to grow up and deal with issues I couldn’t even begin to imagine as a 10 year old. It’s a great book for children and adults alike and I totally understand why it won the Newbery Award in 1990.