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I read Number the Stars for the first time as an education student fifteen years ago and fell in love with it. After reading these excerpts I will have to reread the book. I think it will be even more powerful. Thank you for sharing this.


Just finished the Willoughby's; schlufted ischt.

We've never met, but you feel like a friend having given selfless hours of comfort and entertainment. Thank you.


Thank you for sharing those beautiful letters.
I have posted a link to them on my children's literature site and will tell my teacher pals. They are, indeed, very important to understanding the human element in such a large historical tragedy.

Annie Mitchell

Kim Malthe-Bruun's letters are very moving, especially the last one about his sentence. It takes quite a man to tell the girl he loves that it is okay to marry someone else. He must have reached inside of himself to accept his faith and put himself in Halle's shoes. In his darkest hour, he is thinking about her and her future. Wow! We can only strive in life for such humbleness.
Thank you for this post.

Yvonne Blake

Have you ever considered writing another historical story?
When a child can relate to a character, they usually become more interested in that part of history.
I think you'd do well. You did great with "Number the Stars."

Cynthia Jeub

another very informative historical book by Lois Lowry is "The Silent Boy". She has helped me to understand through it some interesting topics of the early 1900's, such as the advancing of medicine. It also includes a sad but timeless lesson, told from a rare perspective.

Alexandra Erickson

WOW!!! Your books are to die for!!! Keep on writing or else I will be very very bored in the after- noons!!!

P.S. I am so happy that you reply to my e-mails!!!

William R. Cavins

Mrs. Lowry,

My 4th grade students just finished the book. One of the questions they had yesterday was whether or not Georg Duckwitz has flowers on his grave? I suspect he was interred after his death in 1973 in Bremen.

Jenna Boyett

Mrs Lowry,
Today in 6th grade we just finished your book. I think it was an AMAZING novel. My great-granfather was in World War 2, in Denmark,Copenhagen. I am so very sorry for the loss of Kim Malthe-Bruun, but atleast we know that he was saving our world from what i think is a HORRIBLE thing. I hope that one day i get to see and talk to these people who were put through all this.
Yours Truely,
Jenna Boyett<3


Mrs. Lowry,

I am using your book for a grad school teacher/student reading response journal in which the teacher and the student communicate back and forth about your book. This is the first time I've ever participated in such an exercise. The media specialist at our local Orlando, FL library helped to me locate your book and several other books of historic fiction. Oh, I'm getting my masters in reading education. What did you learn about yourself after writing the book? Thanks, Dorcas Orlando, FL


we are just starting your book everyone in our school Loves it hope i like it too. thanks!!!!!!!!


ur book wasnt satisfying


I love it

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