Synopses & Reviews
As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, 10-year-old Annemarie Johansens's family takes in Annemarie's best friend, Ellen Rosen, and pretend she is part of the family.
Through Annemarie's eyes, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggle almost the entire Jewish population, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. A tale of an entire nation's heroism that reminds us there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.
With a new introduction by the author.
"A story of Denmark and the Danish people, whose Resistance was so effective in saving their Jews." School Library Journal (starred)
"The whole work is seamless, compelling, and memorable — impossible to put down; difficult to forget." Horn Book
Its 1943 Copenhagen and the Jews of Denmark are being “relocated,” so Annemarie Johansens best friend, Ellen, moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be part of the family. When Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission, she must find the courage to save her friends life.
This Newbery Medal Book describes how a ten-year-old Danish girl's bravery is tested when her best friend is threatened by Nazis in 1943.
About the Author
Lois Lowry was twice the recipient of the Newbery Medal, for Number the Stars and for The Giver. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.