Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Number the Stars

1989, 1990 Yearling edition
Lois Lowry
Number the Stars
Original price unknown, purchase price $3.75
Very worn paperback

Although this won the Newbery and deals with the serious topic of Denmark saving its Jewish population, I didn't find it to have any more depth than one of Lowry's "Anastasia" books, and a great deal less than Summer to Die.  In fact, although the reading level is 5.2 and the interest level ages 10 to 14, I found the writing style aimed at a much younger level.  It is ironic though that it's the first novel I own where cocaine affects the plot (with guard dogs).  Read it for the history lesson but I suspect that there are better World War II stories for children.  (None spring immediately to mind.)

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