Book Review: Number the Stars

by Guest on January 1, 2010 · 0 comments

in 9-12, ATOS 4.0-4.9, Historical Fiction, Lexile 600-699, Peoples & Cultures

Title: Number the Stars
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Author:Lois Lowry
Lexile: [?] 670L
ATOS Level: [?] 4.5
Parent Rating:
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Rating: 2.8/5 (5 votes cast)
Go For Ages: 9-12


In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.


A good book for kids learning about Nazi Germany and the effect it had on people.  A great way to open dialogue about this time in history. A tremendous account of the human spirit and how people reached out to save one another. A particularly sensitive child may struggle with some of the content.


None [?]

Sexual Content



Adults drink beer. ‘Cigarette’ is used as a code word. Real cigarettes are hard to get and people smoke ‘almost anything’. Babies are drugged so they are quiet. Woman described as a drunkard. Combination of cocaine and rabbit blood used to confuse Nazi dogs.


Quite a bit of peril for people in the story, constant anxiety. But not in a way that would overwhelm most readers. Nazi soldiers threaten young girl. Mention of people being killed, including a friend of the family. A young has to be quite brave in several encounters with Nazi soldiers.  Family intentionally lies to soldiers to protect their friends who are Jewish. Mention of concentration camps.


Be prepared to address why the Nazi’s were trying to kill people who were Jewish. Also, some war-related issues like air-raids, rationing, etc.  A Girl recounts her older sister being killed by a car. Nazi soldier suggests that the milkman is a girl’s father.


Star of David, synagogue, Sabbath candles, reading from Psalms

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Book Review: Number the Stars, 2.8 out of 5 based on 5 ratings

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