Ms. Frederick's Choice: "Number the Stars," by Lois Lowry....

As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen's family takes in Annemarie's best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.

Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Nazis conduct their terrifying search for Jews. We also see the Danish Resistance smuggle almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of Annemarie's family -- and of the entire nation of Denmark -- reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.

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