Rebecca's Number the Stars Book Diary


I think that war is trenches, or a barren wasteland, Filled with people in camo. The sound of constant gun fire, and the smell of gunpowder, dust, and blood. People on the ground, with some never getting up again, and a strong feeling of grief.

In World War 2, people in those countries probably felt trapped, due to the fact many were scared to fight back. There were many battles, and families of those soldiers wondered if they would ever see them again. There could have been people on the other side who felt the same way. Forced to fight for the cause, despite their own morals.


When I think of my neighbors, I mostly think the people around me. But some of the people in my neighborhood, I consider them community. We know each other as people, not just people who live near them.

If there was a war going on and my neighborhood was affected, I would realistically respond by trying to adapt. It all depends on the subject of war, and how we were affected.

Number the Stars

I predict Number the Stars will be about Denmark in World War 2. More specifically, the rebellion. Most of our questions were about Denmark in World War 2, and most books on Germany's side of the second World War, It always focuses on the rebellions, like My Brothers Secret.

Literary Analysis

Mama says, "Be one of many." I think this means don't stand out. This is probably because, in that time, being recognized meant a higher probability of being killed. This was a mother being nervous for her children.

I believe that Denmark being the bodyguard of the Jews means that its people will protect them. The Jews were being tormented by the Germans, so the Danes will help them. The example given by the book is giving ones life to protect one of the Jews. It also means every person is protecting them.

At the end of chapter 3, Annemarie was extremely conflicted. She wondered to herself if she would truly sacrifice herself for the Jews. She came to the conclusion that she wouldn't have to be courageous anyways. In our most recent chapter, Annemarie makes a decision to protect Ellen, even though it might hurt her or her family. This is different then chapter 3 because in this chapter she does something courageous, despite the fact that she never thought she'd have to. She also makes a decision that could hurt her, something she wasn't sure she could do.

I believe that the Star of David imprinted in her hand is symbolic of their friendship because of the fact that it stands for how she choose to protect Ellen. If she hadn't protected Ellen, she wouldn't have the star imprinted in her hand.


We just read that the Rosens, Ellen's family is Jewish. But the Johansons and Peter think that they will be fine.

I predict that the Rosens will be tormented by the Germans in some way to prove them wrong. I predict this because of Murphy's Law, 'Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.'

We just read about 'Great Aunt Birtie's' Funeral. I think that all the people who came were Jewish people who were planning to escape to Sweden.

We just read that the Rosens left for Sweden. But Annemarie's mother has not come home yet. When Annemarie looks out the window, she saw her mother on the ground. She went outside, and found out her mother's ankle was broken. They find out that Mr. Rosen had dropped thepackage that was supposed to go to her Uncle Henrik. Annemarie is bringing the package through the forest, when she encounters 4 soldiers and 2 snarling dogs. I predict that Annemarie will brush off the soldiers, and she will be able to get the package to her Uncle Henrik.

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


'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 the sentence, sabotage means to act against someone. I know this because of the things they listed they did to sabotage them.

Sabotage is to purposely damage something.


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

From this sentence, Obstinate is a negative adjective. I think this because of the part of the sentence it is in, and what surrounds it.

Obstinate is an adjective meaning stubborn.


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

Based on this sentence, wailed probably means to speak annoyingly.

Wailed means to cry out in pain or grief.

Suffix:-ed; past tense of a verb; other words; seated, waited, wanted


'Three years, Annemarie thought with contempt. (p.g. 3)

Based on this sentence, contempt means a feeling, though no specific details are shown.

Contempt means disapproval and disgust.


'Thinking of Lise, her solemn, lovely sister, always made her sad.' (pg. 13)

Based on this sentence, this mean beautiful, or happy.

Solemn means serious.


It was so long 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. (p.g. 43)

Based on this sentence, ration means to use something in a certain way.

Ration means a limited amount in order to save in a time of need.


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

Based on this sentence, imperious means graceful, or powerful.

Imperious means a dominant leader who abuses power.


Ellen and Annemarie both smiled tentatively.(p.g. 50)

Based on this sentence, tentative means sweet, or soft,

Tentative means unsure, or nervous.


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

Based on this sentence, imprint means to mark something.

Imprint means to leave a mark on something.


Man vs. Self

In chapter 5, Annemarie had a conflict with herself. When the German soldiers came, Annemarie had to choose, protect herself and her family by turning Ellen in, or risk herself and her family by protecting Ellen. Annemarie chose to protect Ellen, and things turned out fine. Annemarie learned that she and her family would do anything to help the Rosens. I know this conflict is Man vs. Self because in the chapter before this one, Annemarie was wondering if she would really risk her life to save the Jews of Denmark. In this chapter she decided she would, which is a hard decision.

Man vs. Man

An example of Man vs. Man is in chapter 15. In this chapter, Annemarie is confronted by German soldiers in the forest while taking the secret package to her Uncle Henrik. While there wasn't physical fighting, it was obvious that the main soldier and Annemarie were in a battle of wills. The soldier was searching through the basket, and was extremely malicious in intent. Annemarie was against him, and a lot of dialogue was in this chapter. Annemarie learned how to act innocent and non-threatening.

Man vs. Society

The conflict of Man vs. Society is shown through out the entirety of the book. In this case, it was Annemarie and Ellen against the Nazis. This was shown in the beginning with the soldiers on the street corners. Then again with the apartment search in the middle. Once again, at the end, Annemarie faced off with the soldiers in the forest. These are all examples of Man vs. Society. Annemarie 

Man vs. Nature

The Rebellion faced a conflict with nature, from a dogs naturally keen sense of smell. This was being used against them when they were trying to sneak the Jews over to Sweden. The Rebellion managed to win this conflict by creating a chemical that ruins a dogs sense of smell. This taught that there is a solution to every problem. We knew that it was a Man vs. Nature conflict because it was the dogs that were causing problems, though they were being used by the Nazis.


Bravery is not to be fearless, but to be afraid and keep going.

This says that being brave doesn't mean not being afraid. If you are afraid, you can still be brave. Annemarie was scared, but she kept going on through. She was scared when the guards came to search their apartment, but she didn't give Ellen away. She was scared when she ran into the soldiers in the forest, and she still managed to trick them instead of losing her head. These are examples of her bravery. So many other characters show their bravery throughout the book as well. Annemarie's parents, for helping the Rosens despite trouble it might have gotten them into. Uncle Henrik, who brought people to Sweden, even though he could be caught and arrested. I believe that Bravery is the topic of Number the Stars.


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