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Book of the Week – Number the Stars by Lois Lowry and The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

For this week’s Book of the Week Mrs Hunt is nominating two books, ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day next week.

‘For our Lower School pupils, I’d like to nominate Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.

Set in Copenhagen, Denmark, during the Second World War, the story follows 10-year-old Annemarie and her best friend Ellen who must pretend to be sisters when the Nazis start deporting Jewish citizens.

Lois Lowry shows the reader what it truly means to be brave and how to do the right thing – even in the scariest circumstances.

You can find Number the Stars here.

For Upper School readers I would like to nominate The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen, a powerful timeslip novel about family, identity and heroism.

The story begins with Hannah, a modern-day Jewish girl who lives in New York. During the Passover Seder, she opens the door to symbolically welcome Elijah: suddenly, she is transported to a Polish village in 1942, where only she knows the unspeakable horrors in store…

A powerful, unflinching book to make any reader reflect.

You can find The Devil’s Arithmetic here.

Mrs Hunt, Belmont Librarian.