This book is a bit of a change for me as it is a bit more middle grades than young adult. That being said, I’d heard good things so I decided to pick it up and read it. The story, as most of you probably know, is about a young girl during WWII that lives in Holland and how her family is affected by the Nazi occupation.
It was interesting to read this book so soon after I read Postcards From No Man’s Land (I read both a couple of months ago). Both provided insight into the war in Holland, but both were extremely different. Overall I honestly wasn’t that big of a fan of Number the Stars, perhaps if I were more into books for upper elementary school students I would have felt differently. It appears to be historically accurate, but I felt the plot and the characters lacked development. I wanted to know more.
The book is definitely school appropriate and could be used for grades 4-7 though I’d say 5/6 is ideal. This would be a good book to pair with a history lesson on WWII.
WINNER 1991 – Arkansas Charlie May Simon Master List
WINNER 1989 – Sydney Taylor Book Award, Association of Jewish Libraries
WINNER 1991 – Kansas William White Master List
WINNER 1991 – Kentucky Bluegrass Master List
WINNER 1990 – Maine Student Book Award
FINALIST 1993 – Massachusetts Children’s Book Award
WINNER – Newbery Medal Winner
WINNER – ALA Notable Children’s Book
WINNER – School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Filed under: ALA Awards, Classroom Read, Historical Fiction, Holocaust, Individual Read, Newberry Medal, Pre/Early Teen, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, War, WWII | Tagged: ALA Awards, Lois Lowry, YA Literature |