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Number the Stars

Lois Lowry


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Key Facts

full title ·  Number the Stars

author ·  Lois Lowry

type of work ·  Young adult novel

genre ·  Historical fiction; war novel; coming-of-age novel

language ·  English

time and place written ·  1989, U.S.

date of first publication ·  1989

publisher ·  Houghton Mifflin Company

narrator ·  Third person omniscient

point of view ·  The story is told from Annemarie Johansen's point of view

tone ·  Introspective; serious; matter-of-fact

tense ·  Immediate past tense

setting (time) ·  World War II, from September 1943 to May 1945

setting (place) ·  Copenhagen, Denmark, and Gilleleje, Denmark

protagonist ·  Annemarie Johansen

climax ·  Ellen and the others escape as Annemarie races against time and bad odds to her uncle's boat to deliver the crucial important packet

falling action ·  Uncle Henrik delivers his passengers to Sweden safely; Mrs. Johansen and her daughters return home; the war ends; Annemarie anticipates Ellen's return

themes ·  The difficulty of growing up; voyage and transformation; fairy tales

motifs ·  Truth-seeking versus self protection; the deceit of appearances; acting in wartime

symbols ·  The seashell, the Star of David, the woods

foreshadowing ·  Often, whatever Annemarie hopes will not happen is what occurs. Little Red Riding-Hood foreshadows Annemarie's own trip through the forest

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Rating. I loved it!

by SoldierGina, November 26, 2014

Honestly, Number the Stars really had me thinking about life. It was just the realistic description of things that really made it go deep. It changed my whole outlook on life in general. It also helped me spiritually. It showed me that people go through bad hardships sometimes, but, you can make it through. It has helped me come to terms with some of the hardships I face in my life. Whenever something miserable happens, my mind immediately goes back to this story. This story really goes beyond a story, it touches you spiritually and emotiona... Read more


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by anon_2223147754, February 04, 2015

How wouldo you describe Copenhagen after the war ended?


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by Different-In-Every-Way, March 17, 2015

I can't believe that Peter DIED.He was my favorite character!!


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