NUMBER THE STARS by Lois Lowry (author of THE GIVER) is a poignant account of World War II Denmark as well as a tale of friendship, loyalty and courage. NUMBER THE STARS tells the story of Annemarie and her Jewish friend Ellen, and chronicles Ellen’s family’s escape from Nazi-occupied Denmark with the help of Annemarie’s family and the Danish resistance. It’s a terrific story and would make an excellent introduction to the Holocaust for MG readers.

SOMEONE IN THE HOUSE by Barbara Michaels is the last book on February’s list. Barbara Michaels is one of the nom de plumes of Barbara Mertz alias Elizabeth Peters, author of the Amelia Peabody mysteries. I’m not quite sure what to say about this book. It boasts the author’s usual combination of humor and spunky female protagonist, but university instructor Anne is considerably more reflective than most of the writer’s heroines and parts of the book are powerfully written. Not what I was expecting. Moreover the ending… well I’d better not tell you that. Let’s just say, along with an old school paranormal cozy you get a thought provoking read. I’m still on the fence as to whether the juxtaposition works.