Lois Lowry’s historical fiction account of ten-year-old Christian Annemarie Johansen and her best friend, Jewish Ellen Rosen in World War II-era Denmark made quite an impression on me in elementary school. Many things appealed to me about this book – the genre, the setting (my surname, by the way, is Danish), the Johansen family’s act of selflessness, and Denmark’s peaceful resistance. I joyfully read Number the Stars again at various points in my academic career. A few weeks ago, I led a tour at the library. When I showed the group the Newbery Medalists, I mentioned this classic. Why hasn’t Hollywood made this into a movie?
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