Number the Stars

By: 

Lois Lowry

Number of Pages: 

137

Minimum grade level: 

4th

Discussion questions

  1. What kind of friendship do Annemarie and Ellen have?
  2. How are Annemarie and Ellen alike? What are some of their differences?
  3. How does the encounter with the Nazi soliders on the way home from school affect Annemarie? How would it make you feel to be in a similar situation? Is it hard to even imagine?
  4. What does Mrs. Rosen mean when she tells the girls, "It is important to be one of the crowd, always?"
  5. Sometimes the adults in the book don't always tell the truth. Why is it all right for them to lie? What's dangerous about the truth in their situation?
  6. Select a part from the book that you really liked and read it aloud. What is it about this passage that made you remember it?
  7. What gives Annemarie the courage to deliver the lunch basket to her Uncle Henricks? What do you think you would have done in the same situation?
  8. What do you predict is the future for Ellen and Annemarie? Where will their lives take them?
  9. What did you know about the Holocaust or the Danish Resistence before reading this book? Did reading the book inspire you to learn more?"
  10. What does the title of the book, "Number the Stars," mean? Is it a fitting title for this book? Why?
  11. This book won the Newbery Award in 1990. What about it makes you think it is Newbery worthy?

A portion of this discussion guide is credited to 100 Books for Girls to Grow On by Shireen Dodson.

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