Study Guide

Number the Stars Characters

By Lois Lowry

Annemarie Johansen

Annemarie is just an "ordinary" (4.60) young girl. Or so she thinks. We at Shmoop are pretty sure...

Ellen Rosen

Ellen is Annemarie's best friend. That seems like a pretty obvious statement, right? But it's...

Mrs. Johansen (Mama)

Like her husband and the other "good guy" Danish grown-ups we meet in this book, Mama always does...

Uncle Henrik

Time for a Shmoop vocab lesson. Henrik is what we in the dictionary-at-our-fingertips world like...

Peter Neilsen

We can sympathize with pretty much every character in this book. They're all likeable, tough, and...

Mr. Johansen (Papa)

Annemarie's father is a good person through and through. Like his wife and brother-in-law, he...

Lise Johansen

We never actually meet Annemarie's big sister Lise. She died two years before our story begins....

Kirsti Johansen

Kirsti is the bratty little sister we all love to hate. But we like to think of her as the...

The Nazis

The Nazis are the bad guys. Clear enough?But here's the rub. Usually the hero knows who the bad...

Mr. and Mrs. Rosen

Even though they don't get quite as much screen time, Ellen's parents are just as victimized as...