Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, a Newbery award winning historical fiction novel, recounts the story of a young Danish girl living in Nazi-occupied Denmark during World War II. The heroic narrator and her family support the Danish Resistance and help Danish Jews, including her best friend, escape to neutral Sweden. The true story of the Danish people's collective evacuation of nearly its entire Jewish population, of whom over 99% survived the Holocaust, provides the historic context for the novel.
Recommended for youth nine and up, Number the Stars offers a compelling introduction to such challenging topics such as the Holocaust and religious prejudice. Through its ultimately triumphant ending, the novel affirms the power of kindness and human decency even in the face of war and repression.
Further reading recommendations:
- WWII-related books featuring Mighty Girls
- Books exploring war and conflict
- Books exploring religious discrimination / prejudice