Charlotte's Number the Stars Book Diary By: Charlotte


I think that war is terrible. When I think of war I think of death and sorrow. It looks like an abandoned city with rubble and ruins of places that used to make people happy.

In World War II people probably felt sad. Their faces drooped and instead of laughter, there were cries of agony and frustration.


When I think about neighbors I think of sugar because sugar is sweet and welcoming. Sugar is also displayed in a

If there was a war going on and my neighborhood was affected, I would respond quickly. In my opinion, there's no time to stand there and look stupid. If you had to evacuate your house you probably wouldn't want to sit around and wait for a bomb to be dropped on your head.

Number the Stars

Based on the Amazing Race I predict that Number the Stars will be about Hitler. I say this because in the first nine weeks of school I finished a book about WWII and it was exactly like this book sounds. World War II was terrible, and I think that it's an important thing to talk about.

Literary Analysis

Mama says, "Be one of many." I think this means that she wants Annemarie to blend in with everyone else because she doesn't want her to be singled out. If the soldiers remembered her face that would mean that if she did anything bad they would have something to hold against her. This something being that they saw her running and accused her of being a hoodlum.

If Denmark were a bodyguard for the Jews then it would be very brave. From what we've read, and from the things I know, Germany doesn't like Jewish people. German soldiers are raiding their country and taking their things. In my opinion the people of Denmark have every right to tell them to leave, but people just don't think that way.

In the end of chapter three, I think Annemarie felt a little skeptical. I say this because she said that she didn't believe normal people were called upon to serve their country. That it only happened in fairy tales.

In chapter five Anniemarie probably felt stunned. A few days earlier she was kind of laughing at herself for thinking Denmark, along with its Jews, would need protection. Now she was hiding her best friend in her house as German soldiers question her family. I know that I would feel a little scared.

The Star of David to me symbolizes how Annemarie now knew that she would have to "fight". It's been written, or imprinted, and once something goes down in the books, it can't be taken out.


We just read that Annemarie doesn't think that there will be an event that needs her and the rest of Denmark to help the Jews. Based on this I predict that there will be an accident or some other tragedy that requires some help.

We just read that someone died, and we have no idea who it is. I think that it will be King Charles in the casket.

We just read that Mrs. Johansen broke her ankle while she was on her way home from dropping off the Rosens. While her mom was resting on the porch steps, Annemarie noticed that the packet that Peter gave to Mr. Rosen was laying on the ground. She then had to take the packet to Uncle Henrik and was stopped by four soldiers and two dogs.

I predict that Annemarie will act like a little kid while she’s being “interrogated”.


Man vs. Man

A scene in the book that best describes man vs. man is when the German soldier smacked Mrs. Johansen in the face.

I think she learned not to ramble on about things to a soldier.

I know that this is an example of man vs. man because the soldier hit Annemarie's mom, which is showing that they're kind of fighting.

Man vs. Self

Annemarie thinking to herself if she would really die for the king is a good example of man vs. self.

In my opinion Annemarie learned that she would be serving her country if she saved the king.

Annemarie is thinking to herself, which is a mental conflict.

Man vs. Nature

An example for man vs. nature is when Peter was taking the woman and her baby to go to the harbor, it was too cold outside so they had to get lots of blankets and coats to wear.

When they were getting the clothes out of the coffin they realized there was nothing for the baby to wear, so they had to use Kirsti's red sweater. I think they learned to be better prepared if another war broke out.

Man vs. nature means that a person is experiencing natural difficulties. That means with weather, plants, and almost anything you can find outside. The weather was cold when they were going to the harbor, which created even more difficulty than there would have been in the first place, so they had to make ANOTHER plan just to get warm.

Man vs. Society

When Peter was arrested and shot, it was showing man vs. society.

If Peter were alive I think he would agree that he needed to be more well prepared.

Man vs. society is a single person against a group of people. There was only one Peter, but multiple soldiers.



To me hope means to never give up. If you're fighting for something then you can't back down. If you think it's right, then let it be right. To me hope means to believe. It doesn't matter what other people think, it matters what YOU think. If people in the colonies didn't have hope, then we wouldn't be the United States of America. We'd still be "property" of England. If they had hope when people were dying of starvation and exhaustion, and when there were bullets whizzing past their heads, then you can have hope for whatever you believe in.

Did the people of Denmark, along with other places in the world, give up hope when the war started? Did they give up hope when soldiers were lined on their sidewalks, where they used to be able to roam freely? No. Instead they helped Jewish people escape their homes just because Hitler didn't like the look of them.

In the beginning of the book Annemarie was so excited for the race she had that coming Friday. She didn't care about the war. She had other things to worry about. Towards the end of the book when Ellen and Annemarie were saying goodbye, Annemarie promised that they would see each other again. She had hope that the war would end and she would see Ellen, and that hope paid off.

Vocabulary Words

Lanky & Stocky

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

Based on this sentence, lanky and stocky have opposite meanings. I also know they 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: messy, cheesy, lucky


"Three years, Annemarie thought. Three years they've been in our country, and still they can't speak our language." (page 3)

Based on this sentence contempt is being used as a word of anger. The word is describing how Annemarie felt.

Contempt mean the feeling of disapproval and disgust.


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

Based on this sentence Kirsti is either crying or screaming. That right there is describing Kirsti's actions.

Wailed means a cry of pain, grief, or anger.


"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." (page 8)

Based on this sentence I can conclude that the news they receive some way is very serious and important.

Sabotage means to damage on purpose


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

Based on this

Obstinate means to be stubborn.


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

Based on this sentence I can say that Lise was serious, but nice to be around.

Solemn means to be very serious.


"It was so long a time since they 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 this sentence I can conclude that they weren't allowed to use their light past a certain time.

Ration means to have a limited amount of something in order to survive in a time of need.


"Ellen stood on tiptoe again, and made an imperious gesture with her arm. 'I am the Dark Queen,' she intoned dramatically. 'I have come to command the night!'" (page 39)

Based on this sentence I can tell that Ellen is being very grand and acting powerful.

Imperious means a dominant leader who abuses power.


She reached down for Kirsti's hand, but Kirsti, stubborn as always

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Charlotte Dovel


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