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Lois Lowry

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Lois Lowry

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Children's Book


Historical Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

Number the Stars is narrated from a third-person limited omniscient point of view with a focus on the character of Annemarie. As such, readers know only what Annemarie knows with regard to the events in the novel.


Number the Stars is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title

The title Number the Stars is an allusion to a biblical passage. Tehillim, more commonly known to American readers as Psalms, is one of the books in the Tanakh (the written Jewish Torah) that is also a part of the Christian Bible. In the novel, resistance fighter Peter Neilsen reads Psalm 147 before the Jews are taken to the ship to be hidden and carried to Sweden. The psalm reaffirms that the Jews are known to the Lord and are His people. It reads in part:

Hallelujah! For it is good to sing to our God / because He is pleasant, praise is fitting for Him / The Lord is the builder of Jerusalem / He will gather the outcasts of Israel. / Who heals the brokenhearted / and binds up their wounds. / He counts the number of the stars / He calls them all by name.


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