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NUMBER THE STARS
This wonderful book is by Lois Lowery. I was able to see her at Hicklebee's when she came through a few years ago. It was packed.
I was a little late, so I had to squeeze and stand on my tip-toes to steal a glimpse. I was upset because I had a number in the hundreds and I really had to get somewhere, so I wasn't able to talk to her one-on-one while she signed my book.
But I was able to hand my newly-purchased copy of SON to one of the employees. And it got signed!
Then I met the person I was standing behind at Hickleebee's a year later. She was looking at this book, debating on whether or not to get it. I couldn't help but chime in with my review of the book. We struck up a conversation.
Then she said, "You look familiar."
I wasn't sure what she had thought of me when we were there, so I kept my mouth shut.
But she figured it out.
"You were at the Lois Lowry thing! Standing behind me!"
Then we talked about that event. She was really cool.
ANYWAY, now I'll try to bring it back around to NUMBER THE STARS.
Maybe we should "start" this thing with a snippet from Goodreads:
Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated," Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen's life.
I read this book for fourth grade reading assignment. I think it was supposed to help prepare us for the DIARY OF ANNE FRANK.
I enjoyed it. It was a good story with an easy vocabualry.
Now flash forward a few years.
I simply must read a book when I'm brushing my teeth. I don't know why. I've been doing it for what seems like forever, so it could just be a routine in the very boring life of Birdie. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I have so little free reading time, I just feel like I should use every little bit I'm given.
I was running a little late that day so I just grabbed something off the shelf instead of searching my slightly messy bedroom for the book I was in the middle of (I think it was a Sisters Grimm). The lucky book turned out to be this one.
So I read it. And instead of just setting back on the shelf after I located Sisters Grimm, I took it with me. And I just loved it. I thought it was such a great story.
I felt myself become Annemarie. I felt her panic during scenes with the Nazis. I really understood her, even though I am no longer her age.
I can't say it was one of my top ten, but it was certainly in my top fifty. (Keep in mind I go through about ten MG or YA books every week.)
It is a very special story and I'm really happy that I get to introduce it to you.
So. Thanks for reading that. And because you are so fabulous, I'm offering a giveaway! I have a copy of the NUMBER THE STARS up for grabs! Just comment below before 11:59 PM Pacific Time on March 13, 2013 and you'll be entered to win!
I'm sorry, but due to my limited budget, I can only take entries from people who live in the United States. Thank you for your understanding!
If you live in another country or aren't interested in winning a copy, please clearly note it in your comment.
(Sorry the text keeps changing color. I have no idea why it is doing that.)