Number the Stars

  • by Lois Lowry
  • Narrated by Blair Brown
  • 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943, and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated," Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen's life.Number the Stars is the 1990 Newbery Medal winner for most distinguished American children's book.

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Newbery Medal Winner, 1990
"The combination of Brown's steady voice and Lowry's dramatic story creates a mesmerizing production." (AudioFile)
"Readers are taken to the very heart of Annemarie's experience, and, through her eyes, come to understand the true meaning of bravery." (School Library Journal)

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People of all ages will enjoy this book.

Number the Stars is the story of two little girls whose friendship is put to the test by the Nazi invasion of Denmark. Although the protagonists in this story are children, people of all ages will enjoy this book. Historical fiction at its finest, it captures both the facts and the feelings of the era. You will want to weep for the divided families and children forced to grow up too quickly. Your pulse will quicken every time the Nazis knock on the door. You will glimpse their fading humanity. You will rejoice at the small victories the characters achieve.

I wish this book had been read by author Lois Lowry, since writers usually read their books better than anyone else. Reader Blair Brown is a nice consolation prize, though. Her reading of the book is smooth and graceful.

ADDED BONUS: At the end of the story there is a discussion about the historical facts behind this fictional account of the Nazi invasion. Not to be missed!

If you love historical fiction, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. If you love young adult literature, you will love this book. If you just plain love a good story, well told, you will LOVE this book. And at just under three hours, it's a relatively quick listen. I highly recommend it.

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- RaisinNut

Great story about the Nazi invasion.

What did you love best about Number the Stars?

Students loved that they could relate to many of the characters, because they were close to the same age. I loved that it taught them about the Holocaust.


What does Blair Brown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She gets the feelings across to the listener.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How far would you go to save your friends from certain death?


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- Megan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-16-2004
  • Publisher: Listening Library