Brooklen's Number the Stars Book Diary BY: BROOKLEN


I think that war is when two or more countries don't get along, and decide to fight for what they want. When I think of it, I think of foggy clouds, rain falling really hard, families sad at home, and a bloody mess! It smells like the salty beach and it reminds me of my grandfathers stuff that he had when he was in war.

I think that people in the countries were feeling depressed and sad. They probably saw everything as a rotten flower! I think it would smell like a port-a-potty and barf. Everyone was unsure with what would happen.


I think of neighbors as sweet, kind, and caring people! At least that is how my neighbors are. Some can be so different! Mean, selfish, and complete jerks.

If there was war happening in my neighborhood, then I would most likely move to another state. The state I would move to is Washington State because that is where part of my family lives! I would be very sad to leave my home. I would hope my neighbors will help!


I think Number the Stars will be about people who are trapped in death camp. My guess is that it is based on a boy who wants to do something, but I'm not really sure what that is! The conflict is about two countries not getting along and later decide to do war, but everyone on one side will get put in the death camp! I think the words we got will go in order of the events that happen!!

Literary Analysis

Mama says, "Be one of many" (page 8-9). I think this means to be different and to not be like any other. Mama is trying to say don't be remembered by the soldiers because they are not on our side, and if they do remember you they might do something bad to you.

"Well; Annemarie said slowly, "now I think that all of Denmark must be bodyguard for the Jews, as well." (page 25).

I think it would look like a lot of people coming together and having posters if Denmark was protecting the Jew's. Sort of like a rant, but more like war. I'm not sure how they would get there guns and swords to fight, but I think they would be good at it if they had some practice! I think Annemarie would be really scared to fight because she is young.

Annemarie was tentative at the end of chapter 3. She was trying to decide if she would stand up for Ellen, or if she would change her mind last minute. This part she was nervous, but then relaxed. She thought that only in fairy tale would you have to die for one another.

I think that Annemarie felt scared, but brave at the end of chapter 5, When she had to yank Ellen's Star Of David chain off her neck. The whole time she was scared, she was also confident! That is what I love about Aneemarie.

When Annemarie had an imprint of The Star Of David on her hand, that meant that she had stood up for Ellen and protected her from getting taken away. Annemarie did not have to save her best friend, but this proves that she did make her mind up about standing up for Ellen.


We just read about Annemarie, and how she is at her uncle's house. They were talking about how her mother was lying to make sure she can be brave when things happen. Ellen has found her parents, and she is so happy about that, but there is a dead person in the casket. We don't know who it is, but her mom lied about who it "is." Therefore I think that the dead person in the casket is Annemarie's dad because he stayed behind on the trip.

We just read about how Annemarie’s mother went with Peter to take the Jews to uncle Henrik’s boat. They went there to get the Jews to Sweden because they’re are no soldiers there. Annemarie was alone at the house with her sister and she was very scared that her mother would not make it home, but when Annemarie saw her mother at the end of the path just laying there, she was scared that maybe she had been shot. She ran to her mother and when her mom said i’m fine i just tripped. Her mother thought maybe she broke her ankle and had Annemarie help her back to the house, but when they got there she saw a packet and right away they knew that it had belonged to Mr. Rosen and Annemarie had to get it to him right away.

Therefore, I predict that Annemarie might get caught by a soldier and she will be taken away from her family, but also the Rosen’s will never get the very important packet.


Man vs. Man

Annemarie got stopped by a soldier on her way home. She was running very fast when the soldier said "Halte!" He asked why she was running, and he said "I was racing my friend. She starting to explain why they were racing, but she thought she shouldn't say to much.

Annemarie learned to always to take the other path to school and home. She did this because she didn't want to be remembered by the soldiers. Her mother had told her never to be remembered.

I know this is man vs. man because in that part of the book there were two people that were not getting along with each other. The soldier was one one side and Annemarie was on another.

Man vs. Nature

Annemarie's mother tripped over a branch, and she thought she broke her ankle. She was running home from taking the Rosen's to uncle Henrik's boat, but as soon as the house came into sight she ran faster, and didn't notice the branch from the tree on the ground. She tried to get to the house, but couldn't move her ankle to get there.

I think that momma learned to watch where she is going from now on even if she is happy to be home.

I know that this is man vs. nature because plants, animals, and medicine are all examples of nature. Annemarie's mom tripped over a tree branch and that is a plant.

Man vs. Society

"with a swift motion the Nazi officer slapped Mama across her face."

Mama didn't really learn anything from this, but I think that with the text the author gave us that she did learn not to lie because I think the soldiers knew she was lying.

I know this is man vs. society because the soldier which is someone who works for someone else, slapped Mama and she is just a women in the house. 

Man vs. Self

Annemarie was thinking if she really would die for Ellen if someone came to get her. As she thought to herself she remembered, only in fairy tales do you have to die from someone. 

Annemarie learned that you really don't have to die for someone, but she did stand up for Ellen. 

I know this is man vs. self because she was thinking if she really would do something for her best friend. 

Theme 2

Best Friends Are Always There

to me this means that if your ever upset or don't want to tell your family something that happened right away, you can always know that some one you trust and love is always there to listen and help. 

1. Annemarie tore Ellen's Star of David necklace when the soldier were about to come into her room, and if they saw the Ellen had that on they would have took her away. This shows me that Annemarie truly cares for her best friend because she didn't have to do that.

2. Ellen and Annemarie hugged before Ellen left to go to the boat.Annemarie was crying, but Ellen said "I will see you again." Ellen said that to let her know that they would be fine.

Vocabulary Words

Lanky and Stocky

"She was a stocky ten-year-old, unlike lanky Annemarie." (# 1)

Based on this sentence, these words are comparing the girls. It is describing their physical features, which are opposite because it uses the word "unlike."

Lanky means tall and skinny. Stocky means big and bulky.

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


"'Wait for me!' Wailed little Kirsti, left behind, but the two older girls weren't listening." (#2)


"Three years, Annemarie thought with contempt." (# 3)


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


"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 the goods couldn't be transported." (# 8)


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


"Thinking of Lise, her solemn, lovely sister, always made her sad." (# 13)


"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." (# 43)


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


"Ellen and Annemarie both smiled tentatively."(#50)


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


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