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Number the Stars

The works listed will allow your students to further explore the theme of Resistance to Injustice and other themes related to Number the Stars:

Fiction
Benchley, Nathaniel. Bright Candles: A Novel of the Danish Resistance. New York: Harper & Row, 1974. Sixteen in 1940, Jens, a Gentile Dane, works for the Resistance from occupation through liberation. He is captured but survives. (challenge)

Matas, Carol. Lisa's War. New York: Scribner's, 1987. Lisa, a Danish Jew, is 12 when Germany invades Denmark. She and her brother begin working for the Resistance. At 15, she escapes to Sweden. (average)

Reuter, Bjarne. The Boys From St. Petri. Translated by Anthea Bell. First published in the U.S. in 1994 by Dutton, New York. Acclaimed Danish author's novel of the resistance activities of a group of young men in Copenhagen during the German occupation. Based on a true story. (high average)

Nonfiction
Baldwin, Margaret. The Boys Who Saved the Children. New York: Messner, 1981. Frank account of 14-year-old Ben's life in the Lodz ghetto in Poland. Adaptation of Growing Up in the Holocaust, by Ben Edelbaum. (easy)

Perl, Lila and Marion Blumenthal Lazan. Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story. New York: Greenwillow, 1996. Marion and her family are German Jews who escape to Holland but then spend six years in concentration camps, including Westerbork in Holland and Bergen-Belsen in Germany. Photos. (average)

Cowan, Lore. Children of the Resistance. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1969. True stories from many countries of children and teenagers who shared in the dangerous secret fight against Hitler. Includes "The Three Danish Musketeers." (high average)