Number the Stars by Lois Lowry #Children’sReadathon

Hello bookworms!!

I have another review for you today that’s part of the Children’s Books Readathon that Jay from This Is My Truth Now is hosting. There were 3 books we could read this week as well and those books were:

My plan again was to read all of them but the only one I completed was Number the Stars by Lois Lowry which I will be reviewing today. I placed a hold on Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Williams at my Library but it still hasn’t come in. I still think I will read it when it does though. As for Winnie-the-Pooh I have started listening to it on audiobook I just haven’t finished it yet. Now onto the review.


Number the Stars

Title: Number the Stars

Author: Lois Lowry

Pages: 137

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

My Rating: 4 stars


Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It’s now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are “relocated,” Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen’s life.

My Thoughts

This is a Children’s Historical Fiction novel that touches on true events of WWII. As you probably know historical books are hit or miss for me but luckily this one was a hit.

I tend to enjoy Historical novels that tell a story about what it was like for people during the time and that’s exactly what I got with this book. The portrayal of the events happening were very subtle and not graphic which I can totally appreciate considering its geared toward children but I would have liked it to be a little more in depth.

While reading I didn’t really think I had any connections with the characters but toward the end some things happened that made me tear up a little.

I think it ended nicely but I was hoping for a reunion at the end that didn’t happen. You’re left to your imagination on how things worked out for certain characters which is ok but like I said I was really hoping for a reunion.

Overall I really enjoyed this and would recommend everyone read it at some point in their lives.



17 thoughts on “Number the Stars by Lois Lowry #Children’sReadathon

  1. Great review. I thought there might be a reunion too. Or a huge death. Was nervous. I liked it a lot. I thought it was very strong for a YA. If it were for older kids, then definitely too light. I got so angry at those Germans!!!

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    1. Thanks Jay!! I wasn’t expecting a death so when it causally mentions one I was like no why did that person have to die. It really made me tear up. I agree for who it’s geared toward it’s really a strong novel but for my personal tastes I wanted a little more. Yes I did too it was so unnecessary and mean.

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  2. Wonderful review Misty! Likewise, I usually don’t go into historical fiction or even nonfiction for that matter, but this book is touching and gave me all the feels from page one. While the war is really what the book I found the theme of love between family and strangers to be much stronger giving me a warm feeling in the end, not that empty one that most books of this subject usually do.

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    1. I 100% agree. I hardly ever read historical fiction or non fiction as well but I have started venturing out and reading some historical fiction novels. Like I said though they tend to be hit or miss for me. I agree about the love they showed for friends and strangers was so much stronger.

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  3. I read this book in school with my class in either 3rd or 4th grade. Even though it’s not very detailed, as you mentioned, it was enough at that age that us kids were at the edge of our seats when the Nazis entered their home. It’s a great book to introduce the fear of WWII and I’m glad you’re keeping talk of it alive. ❤

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