1990 Medal Winner
"Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think about life before the war. But it's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching in their town. The Nazis won't stop. The Jews of Denmark are being "relocated" so Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be part of the family. Then Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission. Somehow she must find the strength and courage to save her best friend's life. There's no turning back now."
This book was reminiscent of The Diary of Anne Frank. It made me so sad to think of how, even if this particular story is fictional, this really did occur in our world's history. To think of how horrible life was for the Jewish people...I just can't even imagine. But, this story was heartwarming as much as it was heartbreaking. It was also suspenseful in true Lois Lowry form. She also added an afterword explaining which parts of the story were true, and it had a lot of very interesting information that I did not know. Highly recommended!!