Owen's Number the Stars Book Diary By owen


War is the smoke that you smell the cries and booms that you hear. It is the foul taste of the air the crumbling buildings and the ominously still people you see on the streets. It is the smell of blood and fire floating around you all the time.

I think people in other places that have a war going on around them probably feel very scared. I think they are scared because there is a war going on around them. Like there is people that they know and love dying around them and there is also the soldiers that fight for you.


When I think of neighborhoods I imagine happy people. Like people who get together and have picnics and things like that. I also think of neighbors helping each other when some may be going through tough times.

I would try and get the people of the neighborhood together so we will know if anyone is missing. I would also try to have people go out and try and scout out the soldiers and find more food. Also maybe we could try and do protests to have our voices heard.

Number the stars

I think Number the Stars is about a little community in Denmark. They might be in one of the world wars right now and have there are enemy troops and allies battling in their neighborhood.

Literary Analysis

Mama says, "Be one of many." I think this means that if Annemarie is to ever cross paths with the soldiers again then she shouldn't let them know who she is. I think Mama says this because if their family is for the Resistance then the Nazis may be able to target their family through Annemarie.

If Denmark was a bodyguard for the Jews I think it would look like the people helping the Jews if they are in need, like giving them food or shelter. I would also think it looks like people hiding the Jews from the Nazis in places like their homes, stores, or sheds and shelters.

At the end of chapter three Annemarie felt scared and serious. She was frightened by what might happen to her and the other good people of Denmark. She was serious because she knew what she would have to do if she was needed.

At the end of chapter three and at the part of chapter five she felt frightened. I think she felt frightened because she didn't know what would happen to her or Ellen because of the star in her hand. I also think she was serious in both because she knew what she needed to do to help her friends and Jews of Denmark. Now she knew what would happen to her friend if she got caught so it made her more determined.

I think that the star imprinted on Annemarie showed Ellen and Annemarie that they would do anything to protect each other. Also it might show that they are great friends and love each other (as family).


We just read that Mrs. Hirsch and family have had their shop closed down by the Nazis because they are Jewish, and the Nazis do not like the Jews and they don't know the where the Hirsch's have went.

Therefore, I predict that now the Jewish people are going to start getting arrested. I also think that their houses and property are going to also start getting taken away by the Nazis.

We just read Mr. Rosen dropped the important package that Peter had gave to him. Since Mrs. Johansen had just broke her ankle Annemarie has to run the package over to Uncle Henrik, and on the way there some Nazi soldiers stop her. Therefore I predict that the Nazi’s will find the package and Annemarie is going to start running away. While Annemarie is running away I think they will release their dogs to chase her.


Man vs. Nature

An example of man vs nature was when Mrs.Johansen tripped and broke ankle as she was hurrying through the woods. It was an example of man vs nature because she had been hurt by something in the wild and had to drag herself home. From this Mrs. Johansen learned to be more careful when hurrying through the woods in the dark.

Man vs. Society

An example of man vs society was when Hellen was still in Copenhagen. It was an example of man vs society because the Nazis lived there and they did not like jews but she was Jewish. From that conflict Hellen and all the jews learned that they had to get out of Copenhagen, Denmark and get to Sweden.

Man vs. Man

There was an example of man vs man when Annemarie runs into Nazi soldiers in the woods. It was man vs man because they confronted her and used force to see what she had, and she used her brain to get out of their grasps. From this she learned that she had to be careful around Nazi troops.

Man vs. Himself

An example of man vs himself was when Peter was always super nervous and thought he needed to be gone. He learned from this conflict that being paranoid actually kept him alive. I know that this is man vs himself because he was always scared and tried to get away fast.


Number the Stars shows determination in the form of Annemarie. I think Annemarie is determined because she will do anything to keep Ellen safe.

At the start she took Ellen's Star of David necklace off when the Nazi soldiers came into their house because it would have showed Ellen as a Jew. While the soldier was talking to her she actually kept the necklace in her hand so he did not see it.

At the end of the book she sprinted through the woods where she could have gotten caught by the Germans to Uncle Henrik's boat the Ingeborg to deliver a handkerchief that would keep the Rosen's and the rest of the jews from getting caught by the Nazis.

Vocabulary Words

Lanky and Stocky

"She was a stocky ten-year-old, unlike lanky Annemarie."page 1

Based on the sentence, lanky and stocky have opposite meanings. I also know that the words are body types because of the description of the race.

Lanky means tall and skinny. Stocky means a big and thick build.

Suffix -y relating to or filled with; Other words include messy, cheesy, lucky.


"'Wait for me!" wailed little Kirsti, left behind, but the two older girls weren't listening." page 2

Based on the sentence I think that wailed means to yell or cry out. I know that wailed means to at least say something out loud by it saying "Wait for me!" in the sentence.

Wailed means to yell, cry, or scream loudly.

Suffix-ed, past tense; Other words include walked, wanted, and confused.


"Three years, Annemarie thought with contempt." page 3

Based on the sentence I think contempt means disapproval and disgust. I think this because she is thinking this and not saying it, and to me that seems like they strongly dislike it but they don't want to say it.

Contempt means strongly dislike, disapproval, and disgust.


"Stand still, Kirsti, Annemarie ordered silently, praying that somehow the obstinate five-year-old would receive the message." page 4

Based on the sentence I think obstinate means stubborn and mean. I think this because if by Annemarie telling Kirsti to be still by thinking, that she knew that Kirsti would most likely not listen to her.

Obstinate means stubborn.


"But Annemarie heard Mama and Papa talk, sometimes at night, about the news they received that way: news of sabotage against the Nazis, bombs hidden and exploded in the factories that produced war materials, and industrial railroad lines damaged so that goods couldn't be transported." page 8

Based on the sentence I think that sabotage means to ruin something on purpose.

Sabotage means to purposely ruin something.


"She reached down for Kirsti's hand, but Kirsti, always stubborn, refused it and put her hands on her hips defiantly." page 4

Based on the sentence I think that defiant means to disobey or not listen to.

Defiant means to openly disobey rules set by another person.


"Thinking of Lise, her solemn, lovely sister, always made her sad." page 13

Based on the sentence I think that solemn means to be serious or sad.

Solemn means to be serious


"It was so long a time since they had dared to use the strictly rationed electricity after dark that the light in the room seemed startling to Annemarie, watching through the slightly opened bedroom door." page 43

Based on the sentence I think that ration means to sort something out where everybody gets a certain amount.

Ration means to divvy something up so everybody has the same amount and there is still some left over for more.


"Ellen stood on tiptoe again, and made an imperious gesture with her arm." page 39

Based on the sentence I think that imperious means evil or to be mad or disliked.

Imperious means to abuse power.


"Ellen and Annemarie both smiled tentatively." page 50

Based on the sentence I think that tentatively means careful or happy.

Tentative means careful and nervous


"She looked down, and saw that she had imprinted the Star of David into her palm." page 49

Based on the sentence I think that imprint means to leave a mark on something.

Imprint means to leave a mark on something.

Prefix-Im- It means not and opposite of. Examples-Impossible, Improbable, Immobile


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