Newbery Medal Award. It is 1943, and as the German troops begin their campaign to “relocate” all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen?s family in Copenhagen takes in Annemarie?s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family. But they realize that they aren’t going to be able to hide her very long from the Nazi troops which are everywhere. In this fictionalized account of a historical event, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation is told with pride and hope through one young girl?s eyes, and reminds us that there was human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.
Includes an Afterward and a note about the author. This is one of the books students read in Hewitt’s Lightning Literature and Composition program for Grades 5. It can be purchased separately or in a pack (see Related Items below).