In quite a few ways, Annemarie is a fairly average 10-year-old girl. She likes to run around and play games. She has a best friend, Ellen. She loves and respects her parents, and she has a little sister that she doesn't always get along with.
Annemarie is a much deeper character than that, though. She is living in the middle of World War II, and she remembers what it was like before the German occupation. She understands how much has changed in recent years, and it affects her deeply. She admires courage in others and even though she doubts her own abilities, Annemarie is incredibly brave. She protects Ellen and Ellen's family from the Nazis by keeping the lie, and at one point she is even called upon to make a secret delivery to help the Jews. That's amazing for a 10 year old!