Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Number the Stars, by Lois Lowrey :: RtK Book Club November

Reading to Know - Book Club

We are coming to the conclusion of this year's book club reads. (Can you believe it?!) Book #11 for this year is Number the Stars and was selected for us by my friend Heather at Don't Let This Universe Forget You. Here is Heather with her opening thoughts on this month's read:


I feel like I always say this when I pick a book to lead for my book clubs, but I picked Number the Stars mainly because I just personally wanted to reread it. I remember reading it as a teenager and it was one of the first books that made me cry. I don’t remember much about it other than the fact that it was about Denmark during its Nazi occupation in WWII. I also remember it was very moving (hence the crying). I also think it was quite possibly the reason my interest in the effects of the Third Reich have held a certain interest for me that lasted all the way through college. Honestly, I’m a little nervous to revisit it since it has held such a special place in my memory. I think it will be good to have the chance to reread it and I’m looking forward to what everyone else thinks about it, and if it is as good as I remember.

Number the Stars is the story of the Danish resistance to the Nazi occupation, particularly regarding the treatment of Danish Jews. The story is told through a child which makes it much more compelling, in my opinion. It’s one of those war stories that doesn’t minimize the horrors of war, but gives the reader a glimpse of hope and redemption in the midst of great sorrow, and who doesn’t love that about a book?


Would you like to read along with us this month? Let us know in the comment section!


Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I might read it (maybe alingside my 10 year old dd?) if I can eke out the time. I've read it before and loved it. Carmen Deedy's The Yellow Star is an excellent picture book that goes along with the setting.

Annette Whipple said...

I have time to read this one!

Shonya said...

Surely I can handle a YA book, right? I've been slowly finding more time to read--we're six months past the adoption, so it's time!

I've actually never read this one. I have a copy on my bookshelf and have many times thought about reading it, but just never did.

Barbara H. said...

I was undecided about this one but since my library has it and I usually like WWII fiction, I
am going to give it a try.

Stephanie said...

N1 and I read this last year and I'm going to revisit it next spring with all the girls when we get to World War 2 reading!

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