As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.
Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.
Winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal.
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1 . Best book for young readers
Posted December 30, 2010 by BAteacher , Philadelphia,I have read this book with my 5th graders for 7 years and I use a Lit Focus Unit that follows the book for related activities. Even my weakest readers and students who despise reading love this book. They love the suspense and are overcome with infatution with the characters. The main character is a young girl but the plot that surrounds the characters has the boys interested from beginning to end.
The Lit Focus Unit can be purchased at a teacher store and I encourage teachers to make use of the materials provided to follow curriculum guidelines.
Parents will love this story too. Take time to read to or with your child. They want to know all the information they can this setting and they can't even believe the horror of WWII or the feelings of antisemitism in Europe. So many questions for a 5th grade teacher!
We even use my ebook and pass it around for read alouds!
HMH Books for Young Readers
April 23, 1989
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