Two friends. Different families, different heritage, different fate. It’s 1943. Annmarie Johansen and Ellen Rosen live in Denmark, and the Nazis are occupying their country, and rounding up Jewish people to send to death camps. Ellen’s family is Jewish, so Annmarie’s family does the only thing they know to do — blend Ellen into their family to protect her from her horrific fate. Number the Stars follows these two young girls and the measures they take to protect and love one another. With historical accuracy and thoughtful consideration of young readers, this novel is perfect for young elementary aged children as an introduction to the realities of the Holocaust era.

Awards: Newbery Medal, National Jewish Book Award for Children’s Literature

Published 1989, Laurel Leaf