White Rose
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Annotation: A gorgeous and timely novel based on the incredible story of Sophie Scholl, a young German college student who challenged the Nazi regime during World War II as part of The White Rose, a non-violent resistance group.
Catalog Number: #213130
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 358 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-358-37669-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-97316-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-358-37669-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-97316-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018026607
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Sophie Scholl was a real-life German university student and member of the anti-Hitler White Rose resistance movement executed by the Nazis in February 1943. This verse novel starts near "THE END," with her interrogation at Gestapo headquarters; goes back to "BEFORE," beginning in 1935; then alternates between timelines. Most of the entries are poems in Sophie's imagined voice, and Wilson does an exceptional job revealing Sophie's inner thoughts and feelings. Bib., glos.
Kirkus Reviews
Sophie Scholl was a young German student who wanted to see the end of Hitler and the Nazi regime. Sh
Publishers Weekly
Based on historical participants in the nonviolent White Rose resistance movement against Hitler, the events in Wilson-s debut unfold in Germany between 1935 and 1943. Sophie Scholl, a non-Jewish German who is 14 in 1935, narrates in candid and absorbing present-tense free verse. One of five siblings, Sophie enjoys a carefree life with family and friends until Hitler begins imposing labor service decrees and arresting teenagers-including her beloved older brother, Hans-for disloyalty to the government. As Hitler-s attacks on the Jewish population and military actions abroad snowball, Sophie is also forced into labor service and grows desperate to act against the injustice. Wilson traces the growing rage and rebellion that drive her into collaboration with Hans and university students to publish and distribute leaflets of resistance to the German public-an offense punishable by death. Occasional entries by a Gestapo investigator pursuing the group create mounting tension, even though the book-s opening scene reveals the outcome of his mission: Sophie-s capture and subsequent trial. Illuminating back matter on the real-life Sophie and the White Rose movement adds additional context to this strong addition to the canon of WWII fiction for young readers. Ages 12-up. Agent: Roseanne Wells, Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. (Apr.)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Sophie Scholl was a young German student who wanted to see the end of Hitler and the Nazi regime. She gave her life for that cause.As children, Sophie and her brother Hans were enthusiastic members of Hitler Youth organizations. But as the Nazis' chokehold increased and the roundups and arrests of dissenters and Jews escalated, they became determined to resist. After conscription into the National Labor Service, Hans, Sophie, and trusted university friends formed the secret White Rose resistance group. Hans began to compose treasonable leaflets, promoting an uprising against Hitler. Sophie helped get the leaflets out to influential people as well as to other university students. Their work attracted the attention of Nazi sympathizers, who informed the Gestapo of suspicious activities—and they were ultimately caught by a university custodian. Intensive interrogation and imprisonment, followed by a sham trial led by a fanatical judge, led to the sentence of death by guillotine. Organized in repeated sections that move forward and backward in time, readers hear Sophie's thoughts in brief, pointed, free-verse poems in direct, compelling language. Other poems give voice to individuals such as her boyfriend, Fritz, who served in the German army, and the Gestapo interrogator, adding to readers' understanding of the inevitability of the outcome and the tragic futility of their sacrifice. Real events made deeply personal in an intense, bone-chilling reading experience. (dramatis personae, glossary, author's note, sources) (Verse historical fiction. 12-adult)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* German university student Sophie Scholl of the White Rose resistance movement was murdered by the Nazis on February 22, 1943. She and her brother Hans were guillotined for the crime of creating and distributing leaflets that encouraged people to consider what the Third Reich was doing to European Jews and to oppose Hitler. Wilson's highly effective novel in verse travels back and forth between the time of Sophie's youth ("Before") and her final days, from her arrest to her death ("The End"). Clearly labeled and well-structured, the two chronologies are interwoven and paced out so that Sophie's growth into a freethinker, encouraged by her brave and loving family, is shown over time. Even as her execution approaches, we see how her strong character and beliefs led Sophie to sacrifice herself. Wilson also addresses Sophie's complicated relationship with her boyfriend, Fritz, noting her ambivalence towards being in a relationship at all. Very few of the passages feel overwritten e phrase "boom-boom," used to indicate Sophie's understandable fear, is perhaps repeated to excess t overall, this moving and inspiring novel will provide readers with a great introduction to some of the Righteous Gentiles who resisted the Nazis. Including a glossary and extensive bibliography, this is a model of well-researched and riveting historical fiction.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-358).
Word Count: 20,391
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 7.0 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 504089 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:10.2 / points:7.0 / quiz:Q75402
Lexile: 1080L

FEBRUARY 18, 1943

Gestapo Headquarters

The cars screech to a
halt, officers pull
us out by the arms, haul
us inside and off to
rooms, my heartbeat
all the while,

They swing
the door shut, unlock
my handcuffs, order
me to sit, rush about with
coats, hats, cases, papers
as I try not
to give in to the
knowledge spreading through me:
the two of us are trapped
in this net because
of me.

I take
a deep breath and prepare
to fight
for our lives.


I carefully blend
a cupful of lies
into the bucket of truth
spread out in front of me
as Herr Mohr shoots
question after question,
trying to catch me off-guard.

                                                  Fräulein Scholl, why were you carrying
                                                  an empty suitcase with you to the university?

So I could pick up clean laundry
from home.

                                                  And why were you at the university
                                                  if you were planning to head to Ulm?

So I could let my friend Gisela know
I couldn't meet her for lunch after all.

                                                  Why were you and your brother
                                                  in the corridor upstairs?

So I could show him the Psychological Institute
where I take classes.

His eyes narrow,
his voice icy,
Herr Mohr is good at this,
but he doesn't know
that I'm good, too.

My voice sounds
so calm telling these lies,
I barely recognize
the words as my own.

Excerpted from White Rose by Kip Wilson
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"In a searing indictment of silent complicity, White Rose shines a light on one remarkable young woman's insistence on the power of truth, no matter the cost. A timely call to resistance." - Joy McCullough, author of Blood Water Paint " White Rose is a resonant testament to courage. In a time of horrific brutality, young people found a nonviolent way to resist. Told in the form of poetry, the story of their hopes is honored and brought back to life, still relevant today, when regimes that spread hatred are once again thriving, and words are our most powerful defensive weapon." - Margarita Engle, author of Newbery Honoree The Surrender Tree and 2017-2019 Young People's Poet Laureate. "Both heart-wrenching and inspiring, Sophie Scholl's story, as retold by Kip Wilson in White Rose , is a stunning reminder to stand against evil, even when you stand alone. This is the kind of book that sticks in your heart long after you've finished. An incredible story of heroism incredibly told." - Mackenzi Lee, author of New York Times Bestseller The Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue "White Rose is a deftly plotted, absorbing read. A bold tribute to a brave hero of the German resistance during World War II. Wilson's debut is a triumph!" --Melanie Crowder, author of National Jewish Book Award finalist Audacity "A graceful, moving portrait of a heroic young woman's defiant refusal to remain complicit with Nazi oppression." - Julie Berry, Printz Honor author of The Passion of Dolssa A gorgeous and timely novel based on the incredible story of Sophie Scholl, a young German college student who challenged the Nazi regime during World War II as part of The White Rose, a non-violent resistance group. Disillusioned by the propaganda of Nazi Germany, Sophie Scholl, her brother, and his fellow soldiers formed the White Rose, a group that wrote and distributed anonymous letters criticizing the Nazi regime and calling for action from their fellow German citizens. The following year, Sophie and her brother were arrested for treason and interrogated for information about their collaborators. This debut novel recounts the lives of Sophie and her friends and highlights their brave stand against fascism in Nazi Germany.

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