The Holocaust and WWII are such horrible parts of our history, so it seems odd to enjoy a book about them. But I did enjoy it, in fact, Number the Stars made it into my top ten Newberys. This is really a story about the relationships between friends and families (especially sisters). Annemarie and her family help stand up for Ellen and her family when things start going horribly wrong. I think that children (and adults) should read books about the Holocaust so that we make sure that nothing like this ever happens again.