Number the Stars (Yearling Newbery)

by Lois Lowry | Children's Books |
ISBN: 0440403278 Global Overview for this book
Registered by WintersQT4ever of Ypsilanti, Michigan USA on 1/14/2005
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12 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by WintersQT4ever from Ypsilanti, Michigan USA on Friday, January 14, 2005
Back Cover:
Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think about life before the war. But it's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching in their town.
The Nazis won't stop. The Jews of Denmark are being "relocated" so Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be part of the family.
Then Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission. Somehow she must find the strength and courage to save her best friend's life. There's no turning back now.

This was quite a good book but not super good it had bad parts and good parts like most books do.

Journal Entry 2 by WintersQT4ever from Ypsilanti, Michigan USA on Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Reserved for spacedog.

Journal Entry 3 by spacedog from Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, April 02, 2005
got as a RABCK. thanks!

Journal Entry 4 by spacedog from Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, July 05, 2006
shoo. it's been a while. finished this yesterday. not bad, and kind of nice to have a story about WWII from a different perspective. didn't leave a really lasting impression on me, though.

will be contributing to newbery bookrings round 3.

Journal Entry 5 by dancing-dog from Cordova, Tennessee USA on Thursday, July 13, 2006
Got it in the mail last night. Looks interesting - looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 6 by dancing-dog from Cordova, Tennessee USA on Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Not bad ... I liked the part at the back explaining what in the story was fiction and non-fiction. And I definitely learned some things I didn't know about the Nazi occupation of Denmark. Like other journalers, my overall feelings are a little mixed. Not this author's best work in my opinion.

Mailing this on to yokaye along with 2 other Newbery books.

Journal Entry 7 by yokaye on Monday, July 24, 2006
Rec'd today with the other newbery ring books, will start in a day or two. thanks!

Journal Entry 8 by yokaye on Wednesday, July 26, 2006
It was interesting to see this perspective of the war, it's an angle I haven't read before. It was a good book, but not a great one. It seemed to me like it was a thin story, the characters are aren't as fleshed out as I'd like. With this subject matter though, to get any 'deeper' into the story may have made it too dark for the intended reader. I did like the fact vs. fiction chapter as well, it was interesting to recap and see that though it may be fiction, it is still 'true'. Horrifying, but true.

Will pass along to Rosalinde this weekend.

Journal Entry 9 by yokaye on Friday, July 28, 2006
7/28/06 On its way to Rosalinde

Journal Entry 10 by Rosalinde from Buffalo, Minnesota USA on Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Received in the mail yesterday along with 3 other books for Spacedog's Newberry Ring round 3. I'll get to these right away!

Journal Entry 11 by Rosalinde from Buffalo, Minnesota USA on Monday, August 07, 2006
Finished this last weekend and enjoyed it. I liked the story focusing on the Danes, since they really were courageous as a country during the war. I also enjoyed the details of how people helped each other, sort of like an underground railroad. The handkerchief wasn't something I had heard of before. I would have liked to have heard more of the story of the older sister and her fiance.

I do agree that the story and characters weren't well fleshed out. But it did weave a good tale and kept me turning the pages. It is something that I would recomend to others.

Sending this off to Doveilibri along with Bridge to Teribithia.

Journal Entry 12 by wingDove-i-Libriwing from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Thursday, August 10, 2006
(<--- This is the Newbery Medal!) Received this book today as part of SpaceDog's Newbery Book Ring: Round Three (Link).

Libretto #2 read this book in school when he was in 5th grade and loved it! Mama i Libri is going to read this now and pass it on to BookHunter21 when she's done! This is a fun book ring!

Journal Entry 13 by wingDove-i-Libriwing from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Saturday, August 12, 2006
What a wonderful, wonderful story. How much can you admire a WHOLE country working together in such a way as to protect so many people??? I do agree that it would be so much more interesting with a lot more detail, but keeping in mind the target reading population, I think it was, of course, masterfully accomplished! Right, like a NEWBERY winning book needed *MY* stamp of approval!

Libretto #2 and I had a great discussion about this, and the facts at the end of the book were a great way for us to talk about the whole thing. All in all, I am so glad I didn't miss this chance to read "Number the Stars."

Contacting BookHunter21 today for their address. The book is all packed and ready to go!

Added Aug 14, 2006: Sent another PM today to BookHunter21. Hopefully they'll respond so we can send this book off. There are three other books waiting to be read and follow along soon, and you don't want them to come all at once! LOL!

Released 13 yrs ago (8/17/2006 UTC) at -- By Hand or Post, Ray/ring, RABCK, Meet-up in Fort Myers, Florida USA


Via Media Mail to BookHunter21 to continue the Book Ring!
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Journal Entry 15 by wingbookhunter21wing from Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Received today.

Journal Entry 16 by wingbookhunter21wing from Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Received today. Feeling a little stressed as I now have 8 Newbery books! I will be sending three on tomorrow, though, so I hope to get to this soon.

Journal Entry 17 by wingbookhunter21wing from Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Monday, October 30, 2006
Very good book. I had no idea that the Danish people saved so many Danish Jews in WWII and that many were able to escape due to a highly-placed German official warning the Danish government before the first phase of "relocations." This book also had a wonderful message about what it means to be brave. That last chapter about the fact vs. fiction was quite interesting, especially about the handkerchief. It seems like even the fictitious aspects of the story were based on real people that Lowry had come to know or had heard of. I will send this to tuff this week.

Journal Entry 18 by wingbookhunter21wing from Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Saturday, November 04, 2006
Sent to Dixie today.

Journal Entry 19 by tuff517 from Elk Grove Village, Illinois USA on Thursday, November 16, 2006
In progress!

Journal Entry 20 by tuff517 from Elk Grove Village, Illinois USA on Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Read this on the plane to Chicago. This is definitely a book I would've read as a child, it was just the right balance of historical dramatic fiction and sappiness that I enjoy[ed]. This is a book I would give to my nephews or future child to read. Shipping it back to spacedog tomorrow, thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 21 by spacedog from Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Monday, December 04, 2006
home safe and sound. thanks for reading, everyone!

Journal Entry 22 by spacedog from Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, July 29, 2007
finally found a good home for this, on the new bookrelay site. will be sending tomorrow.

Journal Entry 23 by caligula03 from Hayward, California USA on Thursday, August 02, 2007
Wow. This book is well travelled.

Journal Entry 24 by caligula03 from Hayward, California USA on Wednesday, February 27, 2008
An excellent book.

Journal Entry 25 by caligula03 from Hayward, California USA on Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Offered to bluecat07.

Journal Entry 26 by caligula03 at RABCK in Family Member, Family Member -- Controlled Releases on Friday, February 29, 2008

Released 12 yrs ago (3/2/2008 UTC) at RABCK in Family Member, Family Member -- Controlled Releases



RABCKing to bluecat07. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 27 by bluecat07 from Karben, Hessen Germany on Thursday, March 20, 2008
Arrived today safe and sound. Thank you so much, caligula!

Journal Entry 28 by winglukutuoliwing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Bluecat07 kindly offered this book for me as a RABCK, finally we made a trade. Thanks a lot, this cute book seems to be one, which isn't going to be buried under my TBR-pile :)

Journal Entry 29 by winglukutuoliwing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Friday, October 03, 2008
First of all, thanks again to bluecat07 for the surprise - when I started to read this book, I found three beautiful BC labels between the pages - were they meant for me??
This was a a nice story with an interesting perspective to European history. I am embarrassed that I didn't know anything about the Danish jews and the 2nd world war, although I live so close to Denmark! The role of Sweden and Denmark in this book brought the story very close to me!

Journal Entry 30 by Tarna from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wow, this book has been around and had many readers already! Picked it up at the Tampere region meet-up at Café Hertta tonight. Thank you, lukutuoli!

Journal Entry 31 by Tarna from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I’m writing this on Oct. 26th (2008, that is) but won’t post this entry until I’ll release the book. Number the Stars is the winner of the 1990 Newbury Medal. This makes it both suitable and reserved for Seethroughfaith’s I AM A WINNER book bag. I’m anxious to see, who wants to read this little winner. :).

I guess being raised in Finland, the Nazi occupation of Denmark and Norway is no news to me. We read it all in our history books—at least when I went to school, in sixties and early seventies—although we did, of course, go deeper into our own WWII experiences. But even if I think I am quite familiar with the Nordic WWII history, it was this book that made me realize how entirely different strategies all five Nordic countries had. Their geopolitical situations, of course, were also different.
Number the Stars is nicely written, easy-read and has interesting perspective. The theme makes this book very important. However, I find it somehow too easy; it could and should get a bit deeper. For instance, when thinking some other books on WWII written for young people, I must say I liked Petros' War (orig. Ο μεγάλος περίπατος του Πέτρου) by Alki Zei much better. I read it long time ago but still remember what a strong effect it had on me. Maybe it’s because Lois Lowry writes mainly for Americans; I bet Europeans know the WWII history better. I say this because I see the same difference between Rosalien laulu (the translation would be “The Song of Rosalie”) by Leena Wallenius and Briar Rose by Jane Yolen. Again, the European—this time Finnish—novel seems a lot deeper and more thought-provoking. (It’s about a young Austrian Jewish girl who manages to get here among the last Jews that were allowed to arrive Finland. The next ship—with Rosalie’s father on board—was turned back. Not one of the most glorious moments in our history. Thank God we succeeded in saving most of the Finnish Jews.) Both American books, Number the Stars and Briar Rose, are more like fairytales; everything in them seems to happen so smoothly somehow. In fact, both of them use a fairytale as metaphor for wartime experiences and dangers. In Briar Rose it’s The Sleeping Beauty and in Number the Stars it’s Little Red Riding Hood.
As I said, Number the Stars is probably written for young Americans, and they aren’t that familiar with European history. Besides, the book is well written, the theme interesting, and the story worth telling. Number the Stars does deserve the Newbury Medal. I just wish it was a little bit better. ;)

I’ve got two more remarks: First, I just love it, when the history of a book can be seen on its pages. This copy happens to be ex-library book and there are library stamps and even a lending slip (or whatever it’s called) to prove it. I think that’s great! Second, the label is something I’ve never seen before. Not only that but it also made me to look a bit deeper into BookCrossing history and find out things I had no idea about. It was so sad but it’s good to know about bad things in the past, too. Additionally, the label goes well with this particular book. Thank you. I feel I learned more than Lois Lowry ever imagined.

Edit July 14, 2009. Today, seethroughfaith announced that the books reserved for the Winner Book Bag can be wild released or RABCK’ed. So, I think it’s safe :) to post my entry now and change the status of this book.

Lois Lowry, the official site
Lois Lowry at Wikipedia

Journal Entry 32 by Tarna at Hämeenpuisto in Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, July 30, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (7/30/2009 UTC) at Hämeenpuisto in Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland



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