Number the stars

Posted on
On page 86 it says, ¨O praise the lord. How good it is to sing psalms to our God! How pleasant to praise him! The Lord is rebuilding Jerusalem; he gathers in the scattered sons of Israel. It is he who heals the broken in spirit and binds up their wounds, he who numbers the stars one by one…¨ this quote basically means that we should always be true to our beliefs. That our Lord knows us all by name and cares for us. I also think its cool because we all have a different culture.
 I learned no matter how nice you were because of what you believed in effected you i do not like that but that’s how it was in world war two. I totally recomend this book because it teaches you l lot!!!!!!!


Number the Stars

Posted on

Number the Stars, by Louis Lowery,  is about a girl, her little sister, and her parents. Annemarie Johansen is living in World War II, in an apartment. She is neighbors and friends with a Jewish family. But it is now 1943, and completely unsafe for Jews. All local Jewish shops are shut down, either by the Nazis or the owners fled the city to escape the Nazis.

The Jewish family decides to flee too. The parents leave, but their daughter stays with the Johansens. But in the night, two Nazi soldiers came into the apartment. They become suspicious when they notice her friend has blond hair when her whole family has brown hair. When the soldiers ask why she doesn’t have brown hair, her father quickly grabbed a photo album and pulled out a photo of his daughter in infantry, who died shortly after marriage. She was born with blond hair that turned brown. The soldiers stormed out after they ripped the photograph in half.

They meet at Annemarie’s uncle’s house, who was a fisherman, respecting her fake great uncle’s life with poor strangers. A soldier came in, but her mother deceived them, saying he died from disease, to explain why the casket was closed. It was actually full of clothes, for the strangers who were there. The soldier slapped her mother when she suggested to open the casket right in front of him. He then walked out, feeling disrespected. The Jewish parents came there that night, along with Annemarie’s dead sister’s husband, who was in a group that rebelled against Hitler. He carried an envelope.

Her friend’s family and her uncle set out to the docks the next morning to her uncle’s boat. About half an hour later, Annemarie found the envelope from the night befor in front of the house. She showed it to her mom, who said, “Oh, no. She must’ve dropped it when she tripped.” She opened it, revealing to Annemarie that it was a handkerchief. She put it in a basket and put bread and cheese on top of it. “If anyone asks,” her mother said, “say that your uncle forgot his lunch.” And Annemarie did have to, when she came upon two Nazi soldiers with a ferocious dog.

They questioned what she was doing, and she decided to act childlike, as her little sister was. So she explained what her mom had told her to explain. Then a soldier took the bread out, broke it in half, and dropped it to the ground where the dog gobbled it up. Then the soldier picked up the cheese, noticing the handkerchief. “Why is that at the very bottom?” the soldier questioned. “I don’t know!” Annemarie began to wail, crying. “All my mother told me was to bring his lunch to him! I don’t know why it’s at the bottom!” “Stop your crying!” The soldier snapped, dropping the cheese back in the basket. Annemarie stood for a moment. The soldiers walked past her.

It took only a few more minutes to get to the docks and find her uncle, who thanked her, and told her to go back to the house because he was in a hurry. That night, her uncle returned. He explained that Nazi soldiers come onboard with dogs like the one she had seen, and if any people, such as Jews, were smuggled in, they’d smell them out. But the handkerchief had a drug on it, so when the dogs smelled it, they would temporarily not be able to smell anything for about ten minutes, therefore not being able to smell people onboard. Without it, they would’ve been caught, because about fifteen minutes after Annemarie gave him the handkerchief. Then, he sailed them to the county next door, witch had no Nazis.

About two years later, the war was over, and their friend’s family returned home safely. Her dead sister’s husband died fighting for all allies, buried in a graveyard with only numbers on their gravestones to mark their bravery for their country. They all managed to trudge through those last two years, with the war getting more dangerous by the day. The day the war ended was the day Annemarie learned to number the stars.




The Book Thief Book Review

Posted on

Summary-

The Book Thief Book Review

By Chloe Hammond

Summary

        My World war ll book is called “The Book Thief”. And in this story there is a young girl named Liesel Meminger and the book starts off with her brother dying on a train, and that was the moment her life changed. After her little brothers sudden death she is found at his grave and she found this book it was called “The Grave Diggers Handbook.” That was when that poor little girls career as a book thief began. After her mother left her she was brought into a foster family and at her new home she began to read with the help of her foster family and her accordion. As this incredible story went on she slowly began stealing more books from the mayors wife’s library, Nazi book burning’s and basically anywhere she could find a piece of literature. However there were many dangers going on around her, Liesel’s temporary family had been hiding a Jewish man in the families basement and not only that, her very needy want to read was a serious danger in the time epoch. As the book goes on Liesel’s life brings more opportunities however closes her in at the same time. As this superb book goes on author Markus Zusak takes us through a time portal of this extraordinary little girls life as a book thief!

Connection

I have actually seen the movie the book thief and I actually saw it before reading the book, and looking back on it I think I enjoyed the book a lot more. There is a lot more detail in the book which I personally prefer. However the movie still follows the story line of the book.

My favorite quote in this story was probably when Markus Zuzak wrote ” *** A Guided Tour Of Suffering ***  To your left, perhaps your right, perhaps even straight ahead, you find a small black room. In it sits Jew. He is a scum. He is starving. He is afraid. Please- try not to look away.” pg 138 This is my favorite quote because it really describes what this time period was all about. All people thought of a Jew was that they were a scum, and people did look away. Nobody tried to do anything because they couldn’t take on the shame of what they have done wrong as neighbors, friends, classmates, and as leaders.

What did I learn about World War 11?

In this book I learned that WW11 was probably the most cruel, devilish, worst, and diabolical times in the Worlds history. However even though something is traumatic  sometimes all you need is the power of books to get you through one of the worst times in history. Just like brave little Liesel did in “The Book Thief”.

Would I recommend it ?

Yes I undoubtedly would! This book is one of my favorite books in the world. It is heartwarming how much this young girl will do to get a good book. Also it’s really Liesel that makes this book so amazing! There is emotion, hatred, and love in this book, and I think that everyone should read it.

Front Cover

 



Once

Posted on

ONCE

Felix is in the orange because his parents left him there for his safety, but Felix is getting ready for dinner and as they pour the soup his glasses fog up and he places it down wips of his glasses and sees an orange, full, delicious, carrot. He thinks it is a sigh that his parents are coming back to him as he went up to pack this truck roared up the mountain and these soldiers hopped out of the truck and bang on the door as i don’t see an ashes are flying into the window he looks out and there is a huge fire as mother meanquite  is screaming as he thinks those people just hate books doesn’t pay so much attendance as i’m walking downstairs as mother mean quite says good they didn’t find you if they knew you were jew i would lose you, then she’s like whats that i’m going and waiting for my parents “what” no why do you think that and then felix is like i found a carrot in my soup a sign from my parents no she like that was sister bella she felt bad for you felix is like no so when everyone was eating he waited till the truck was gone then he run as far as his legs could take him then he runs and then he find the village he used to live there as he ran down to his house this truck past by with guys and zoomed right past then a nazi truck was speeding then he realize the river had just turned red, that does not stop him but nobody’s in the street he sees his house and he run there the door is locked so he run to the back it was wide open when he was walking up the stairs he saw a girl then he started yelling mama i’m right here then it was not his mama so he just stand there “ your family is gone and left so we bought your house” she cried as he ran down the stairs he ran into a guy he was best friends

Felix started to run then he went into a small hole then he heard something he looked up there was a little girl and boy. The little girl ask “do you want to play a game do you want to be a soldier or a jew”, then the little boy replied “i’m a soldier she is a jew i take her away and kill her”  He ran off far than he say ashes
Felix thought they were burning more books he realized that it was not books it was a house as he ran closer he saw a couple they were both lying there in a puddle of blood as he gets closer he hears a groan he looks to the side they is a girl about 12 laying her eyes are closed and bruised all over her. Then i know what to do but something stopped me thinking about the game those children were playing was it true,? Then he heard trucks not a regular truck a nazi truck he grabs the girl and puts her over his shoulders and runs into a close by shack. Felix places her down on top of some hay she wakes up crying saying were she is and were are her parents Felix didn’t want to tell her that her parents were dead but the first thing he ask was “ what is your name” she responds “Zelda”. Felix hears a soldiers talking then there voice fade away Felix said “stay here” as he steps out of the shack and runs into tall grass he hears a scream he runs back to the shack as fast as he could as he slammed the door open there was a nazi soldier pointing a gun at her head he cries “wait we will go with you just don’t hurt her” as the soldier throws her to the ground and Felix picks her up the soldier was pointing the gun at the door. They are walking for about a hour and Zelda ask if Felix can carry her as he carries her for about 30 minutes they join a huge group of jews and all the children are going to a cart we back away then the soldier puts the gun at Felix head then a guy comes out of nowhere and speaks to him in russian then the the guy pointing his hand at a bag then the soldier dropped the gun. Then the guy grabbed Felix and Zeldas hand they run so far but it lead up to a underground house as we enter we see about 6 kids sleeping on sacks they woke up and we were greater than a couple days later the guy goes out before he leaves Felix ask for his name he said “jim” then left he came back but left again but this time Felix went with him. Jim kicks a door open and said “gather food and i will get clean water as there is food everywhere on the floor Felix realize that he was not alone he looks behind him it was a kid couldn’t tell if it was a boy or girl because how much blood was covering it. Felix scream he comes out and said “run” then Felix gets off his knees and runs as they reach the shack there were 5 nazi soldiers they grab every one and put them in trains then wood came off and people started jumping Zelda, Felix, and Chenaya jumped Chenaya got shot and died but me and Zelda Walked into the woods to find Felix’s parents. So it is kind of like how I’m in foster care every knows and treats me different like how jew were treated different. “ someone told me that something good has to happen in your life except once”. They people were treated different because they were blamed for i understand much better after reading this book. Read it, it is soooooooooooooo good amazing details and juicy word i loved it.


Book Report

Posted on

Projekt 1065
By: Evan Bingham

Front Cover

In the book Projekt 1065 Michael O’Shaunessey and his parents are spies for the British. He joined after he saw all the killing on Kristallnacht. He joins the Hitler Youth so he can gain inside knowledge. One day he finds a jewish pilot named Simon that tells him about a Nazi plane. The next day his friend shows him the plans because his dad works for the project. So he memorized the plans every time he goes to his house. When he is done he gives the plans to the jew who is running out of the country to be safe. But he is caught so he runs back and gives the plans to michael. He goes with his German friend whose mission is to kill a american scientist in Switzerland so he comes to save them and to give him the plans. So he hides the plans and was a able to smuggle the scientist out but his former friend took the plans. So they go on a cable car to get away. The German kid destroyed the plans and was planning to blow them all up with a bomb. So Michael got on the roof of the cable car to fight him and made him drop the bomb. He was able to fight him off so the German kid fell off them the bomb blew up than it killed the German kid. He was able to get back to his family and recreate the plans. He moved to Ireland and spent the rest of his life there.   

In the book Projekt 1065 Michael O’Shaunessey and his parents are spies for the British. He joined after he saw all the killing on Kristallnacht. He joins the Hitler Youth so he can gain inside knowledge. One day he finds a jewish pilot named Simon that tells him about a Nazi plane. The next day his friend shows him the plans because his dad works for the project. So he memorized the plans every time he goes to his house. When he is done he gives the plans to the jew who is running out of the country to be safe. But he is caught so he runs back and gives the plans to michael. He goes with his German friend whose mission is to kill a american scientist in Switzerland so he comes to save them and to give him the plans. So he hides the plans and was a able to smuggle the scientist out but his former friend took the plans. So they go on a cable car to get away. The German kid destroyed the plans and was planning to blow them all up with a bomb. So Michael got on the roof of the cable car to fight him and made him drop the bomb. He was able to fight him off so the German kid fell off them the bomb blew up than it killed the German kid. He was able to get back to his family and recreate the plans. He moved to Ireland and spent the rest of his life there.    

I can make a connection to this book and to an other book. There was this other book that I read called My Friend The Enemy. It is alike to Projeck 1065. It has a kid to that makes a friend with a Nazi. This book the main character finds a German solider in his town and makes friends with him. These books are both very alike because they are making friends with Nazis.

My favorite quote is the last sentence. In Projekt 1065 Alan Gratz says “Even though nobody will ever know what I’d done, what my ma and da had done, what Ireland had done, we’d stood up to Hitler and the Nazis with the rest of the Allies. We’d fought for freedom too.” I like this quote because it shows ever though no one will know what he did he is still very proud.

I learned a lot from this book. What I learned the most was there was something called Hitler Youth. It was this thing were all the kids will go to that would teach them to be ready to fight for war. It was used to also keep them fit.

I loved this book. It had lots of action and cliffhangers. If you are looking for a great book this is the one. It will be a bit harder if you are not as good at reading. But this book was prefect.


Making Bombs For Hitler

Posted on

By Marsha Skrypuch

 

Making Bombs for Hitler is about a nine year old girl who gets taken by the Nazis with her sister. Her and her little sister get separated, and she has to go in a boxcar to a new area she has never been to before. She had been warned many times to be useful or they will kill you, and she soon found out it is true, but that is not the only truth of the sad camp. She meets a few friends, but then, she found out she was being moved to a new room, where she has to make bombs. She and her friends are being watched. Will they really do this? Or will they find a way to escape before Hitler finds his bombs had been sabotaged.

 

This book has a connection with Number the Stars, because they both have Nazis who take over and take people to work in camps. The are both about World War 2, and about how Hitler had much hatred to people who were different. The are about girls about none trying to rise up against Germany, and there harsh rules.

 

My favorite quote from the book is “You can make beauty anywhere”. This is my favorite, because it was from her mother, and gives her courage through the whole book, and will during my life. It tells how even if times are rough, there is always good in everything.. I like this quote very much, but not just because it is beautiful, but it is also really strong.

 

I learned very much about World War 2. Some things I learned are, the Germans considered people from Russia “subhuman” and treated then much worse than people from places they allied with, or like better. I also learned that they really didn’t care about anyone but themselves. Wold War 2 had varieties of people and country’s involved.

 

I would recommend this book to everyone. It is very deep, and encouraging. It always has a lot of suspense, and action. It teaches a lot about the war, and how everything happened, and that it was true. READ THIS BOOK!

 

Emma T


Skip to toolbar