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Number the Stars, Lois Lowry

Many people are unaware of the heroic 1943 evacuation of nearly 7,000 endangered Jews from Denmark to safety in Sweden during the period of Nazi occupation. Number the Stars recounts this amazing effort through the eyes of fictional ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen, who learns of bravery, strength, and honor as she and her family shelter her friend Ellen Rosen and help the Rosen family escape.

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"Civilized Denmark"—essay by Garrison Keillor

"We Will Be the World"—magazine article by Sasha Whyte

"Petey and Yotsee and Mario, July 14, 1956"—short story by Henry Roth

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