We're reading a novel together as a class by Lois Lowry -- Number the Stars. If you've never read it, it's worth a read even if it is Children's Literature. It's a Newbery winner that tackles the hard topic of Jewish families during WWII.  Annemarie's family is living in Copenhagen in 1943 and they end up hiding Annemarie's friend, Ellen, who is Jewish. The writing is so good -- there is suspense and fear without going overboard.  We are having some amazing class discussions centered on interpreting text, prediction and symbolism.  For each chapter, the kids are keeping notes on characters involved, setting, problem and a personal observation (or prediction, connection etc.).  This is a great book for a dinner conversation!


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