Number the Stars

by

Lois Lowry

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Number the Stars: Chapter 13 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Annemarie dashes out of the house and runs through the meadow to the edge of the woods, calling for her Mama. When she gets to her mother’s side, she is relieved to see that she’s all right. Mama says that everyone is safe with Uncle Henrik—on the way back from the docks, though, she tripped and hurt her ankle. She continued to drag herself through the woods, determined to make it home by morning. Annemarie helps her mother stand and supports her as she hobbles all the way back up to the house. As they walk together, Mama is visibly in pain but also happy to have made it home. She asks Annemarie what time it is, and when Annemarie says it’s about four-thirty, Mama says happily that Henrik, Mr. Rosen and Mrs. Rosen, and the other Jews will soon be setting sail for Sweden. 
Annemarie is terrified that something awful has befallen her mother, and is relieved to see that even though Mama has sustained a minor injury, her spirit is intact. Annemarie believes that the worst is over—Mama is safe, their family is intact, and the Rosens will soon be on their way to freedom.
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At the steps leading up to the house, Annemarie spots something in the grass. She bends to pick it up—it is the packet Peter gave to Mr. Rosen. Seeing what it is, Mama nearly swoons—she worries that their work will “all have been for nothing” without the packet. Annemarie tells Mama that she will take the packet down to the docks. Inside, Mama tells Annemarie to go into the house, put some apples, bread, and cheese into a basket, and bury the packet at the bottom of it. As Annemarie heads out the door, her mother urges her to act like a “silly, empty-headed little girl, taking lunch to a fisherman” if a soldier stops her on the road. Annemarie kisses her mother and goes, as her Mama calls out for her to run as fast as she can.
Annemarie’s happiness is shattered as she realizes that a crucial piece of the mission to save the Rosens has been left behind. Without hesitation, Annemarie accepts that she must be the one to deliver it—the Rosens’ freedom rests entirely on her shoulders, and she is at last being called upon to act bravely, and alone, in pursuit of the freedom of her friends, neighbors, and indeed her “sister” Ellen.
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