Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
My name is Madeline. I am in middle school and enjoy playing the violin, ice skating and reading good books!
Number the Stars, by Louis Lowry is a historical fiction story of life in Denmark during World War II.
It is 1943 and the Nazis have been growing steadily hostile to the Jewish citizens of Denmark, harassing them, and closing their shops. These actions frighten ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen, whose best friend, Ellen, is Jewish.
Then, one day, news comes that all the Jewish people living in Denmark are to be relocated that very night. The Johansens quickly decide to hide Ellen in their house. They plan for her to act like one of their own children in the event any soldiers should enter their home. Everything seems to go smoothly, until late at night when the Nazis come to their apartment. Though they fail to discover Ellen, the Johansens deem it too close a call. They resolve to help Ellen and her parents escape to Sweden.
This is an intense story relating some of what happened in World War II in Denmark. I recommend this story for ages ten and up.