White Rose

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The White Rose
Author: Wilson, Kip
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1935-1943
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: Germany
Topics: World War II
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Young Adult, Adult
Format: Novel
Published: 2019

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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.

Emily's Review

Books in verse don't always work for me, but this one was so well done there were moments where I forgot it was in verse. White Rose is a story of resistance and bravery. Sophie and her friends worked together to non-violently protest the Nazi regime. They created anonymous leaflets and graffiti, hoping to inspire others to resist as well.

Though the story has a very tragic ending, I don't feel like the story itself was sad - the poetry was powerful and moving, and the overall feeling this book gave me was one of hope. Even in the darkness of Nazi Germany, there were people who were willing to stand up and say that this isn't right.

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