Winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal.
Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated," Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen's life.
Ill race you to the corner, Ellen! Annemarie adjusted the thick leather pack on her back so that her school books balanced evenly. Ready? She looked at her best friend.
Ellen made a face. No, she said, laughing. You know I cant beat you-my legs arent as long. Cant we just walk, like civilized people? She was a stocky ten year-old, unlike lanky Annemarie.
We have to practice for the athletic meet on Friday- I know Im going to win the girls race this week. I was second last week, but Ive been practicing every day. Come on, Ellen, Annmarie pleaded, eyeing the distance to the next corner of the Copenhagen street. Please? Ellen hesitated, then nodded and shifted her own rucksack of books against her shoulders. Oh, all right. Ready, she said.
Go! shouted Annemarie, and the two girls were off, racing along the residential sidewalk. Annemarie...
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