Number the Stars takes place during the Holocaust and tells the story of two young Danish friends, one Jewish and one not, but both of their families brave beyond measure. A short read, the novel does not drag on into horrendous details of their lives, but touches enough on their emotions for the reader to understand what the girls and their families went through during the Holocaust. When it comes to historical fiction that addresses such a difficult subject as this, I hesitate to even comment on the book itself. I mean, we all know that Lois Lowry is an incredible author. Need I say more?
I will, however, make a few positive comments. For a pre-teen reading this book, I feel as if they would find it very easy to connect with the young protagonist, even though she lived in a completely different time and went through an experience that most Americans could not fathom experiencing. The author does not go into so much depth and detail as to bog down the reader, but does bring up issues that the reader can discuss with parents, teachers or other mentors. Books such as these are vital to young readers in knowing about the world’s history.
Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
Originally published in 1989