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
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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How wouldo you describe Copenhagen after the war ended?
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I can't believe that Peter DIED.He was my favorite character!!
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