Book Review: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

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As part of a children’s book readathon I am hosting on my blogNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry was voted as a winner in the poll. We assigned this stellar Newbery Medal winner to this week and have been sharing all our reviews. Normally I’m not a fan of reading literature that delves into this subject matter, but given it was written for young adults / children, I thought it would be less painful. While it was definitely less harsh than a few other books I’ve read on the topic, it was still quite emotional. To think what cruel people condoned because of differences in humankind is atrocious, but this book was wonderful.


Lowry provides the right balance of positive and negative emotion ensuring readers aren’t swept up entirely in pain. The beautiful tale of unconditional love and support versus horrible actions and words from soldiers standing guard in a foreign country really conveys the message to kids around ten years old. There were atrocities in the past and we can’t hide them, but we can showcase them as tastefully as possible. Kudos to Lowry. I can’t wait to take on more of her books later this year / next year!

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


29 thoughts on “Book Review: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

    delphinethebabbler said:
    August 17, 2018 at 1:49 PM

    Wonderfully written review, as always! I remember reading this book in high school. The subject matter is so thought provoking and touchy. I definitely agree with you on the prevailing theme of unconditional love even in times of terror and trial.

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    Priyasha said:
    August 17, 2018 at 1:53 PM

    Loved the post

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    LA said:
    August 17, 2018 at 1:55 PM

    You’re going to hate me, but we saw her as a part of a panel about wrinkle in time….

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    scr4pl80 said:
    August 17, 2018 at 2:12 PM

    I had not read this one before either and think it was very tastefully done for children. Such a difference from a Schindler’s List type of book. Glad it made it into the challenge.

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    Rae Longest said:
    August 17, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Good job, Jay.

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    Heidi M. Simone said:
    August 17, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    Aw…Number the Stars holds a special place in my heart, and I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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    Andrick Schall said:
    August 17, 2018 at 4:42 PM

    Fantastic post. All too relevant today, sadly.

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    dtills said:
    August 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    You are such a rock star reader Jay! I cant keep up with you💕 I would be a fool for even trying, but I will be the first in line for your new book😊

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 17, 2018 at 6:05 PM

      I’m sure you could keep up. You’re always accomplishing something mega amazing.


    Noriko said:
    August 17, 2018 at 5:37 PM

    Yours and Misty’s review got me wanting to read this one! (and I found both the audiobook and the e-book on Scribd) Great review, Jay!

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    Jenn @ Bound to Writing said:
    August 17, 2018 at 9:44 PM

    This was one of my favorite books as a child. Great review! 🙂

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    Ethan S. said:
    August 17, 2018 at 11:54 PM

    I remember reading this one in school. It really opened the door for me to read other, more mature books on the subject. I also seem to remember a movie version of the book.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 18, 2018 at 6:54 AM

      You’re probably right about a movie. I think I heard of something… definitely for The Giver. Glad to hear from you. Hope all is well.


    Aj @ Read All The Things! said:
    August 18, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Great review! I read this book as a kid and loved it. I’ll probably end up rereading it for my Newbery challenge.

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    Ann Marie Bryant said:
    August 18, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    love this novel…used it when i taught 8th grade…

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    robbiesinspiration said:
    August 19, 2018 at 6:26 AM

    I really loved this book, Jay. I also enjoyed I am David and When Hitler stole pink rabbit.

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