NUMBER THE STARS, by Lois Lowry
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Ten year old Lutheran, Annemarie Johansen and her best friend, Ellen Rosen, a Jew, are worried and nervous about the German soldiers who have begun patrolling the streets of Copenhagen. Their worry turns to stark fear when they find out the soldiers are going to begin “relocating” all the Jews. By “not knowing everything,” Annemarie and her friend are kept enough in the dark about the escape plan they are being led to follow, so that their knowledge of how dangerous their situation actually is, does not give them away should they be questioned by German soldiers. In the end, Annemarie ends up saving the lives of many, and “not knowing enough” proves to be the one thing that keeps her from being caught. This is an excellent book—the pace will have the reader turning pages to find out what happens next.