White Rose

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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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358049173

  • ISBN-10: 0358049172

  • Pages: 368

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 04/02/2019

  • Carton Quantity: 1

  • Age(s): 12,13,14,15,16

  • Grade(s): 7-12

Kip Wilson
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Kip Wilson

Kip Wilson is the Poetry Editor of the Young Adult Review Network and has a Ph.D. in German Literature. In 2017, she won the PEN/New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award, and her work has appeared in several children's literary magazines. www.kipwilsonwrites.com Twitter: @kiperoo Instagram: @kipwilsonwrites
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  • reviews

    "Real events made deeply personal in an intense, bone-chilling reading experience." –Kirkus, STARRED review 

     

    "[T]imely and relevant....This tale based on the real life of a young activist, supported by extensive back matter, belongs in all collections serving young teens." –School Library Journal, STARRED review 

     

    "[C]andid and absorbing present-tense free verse....[a] strong addition to the canon of WWII fiction." –Publishers Weekly 

     

    "The verses pack an emotional punch....This will be a highly accessible pathway into conversations about the role of women in war and resistance and... an insightful addition to any curriculum about resistance in World War II." –The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 

     

    “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 

     

    “This deeply thought-provoking debut is an important addition to the canon of Holocaust Literature for young people; it is sure to inspire discussion and leave a long-standing impact on its readers.”  – Padma Venkatraman, award-winning author of A Time to Dance

  • excerpts

    FEBRUARY 18, 1943

    Gestapo Headquarters

    The cars screech to a 

    halt, officers pull 

    us out by the arms, haul 

    us inside and off to 

              separate 

    rooms, my heartbeat 

    pounding 

    all the while, 

    boom-boom, 

    boom-boom.

    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 

    overwhelming, 

              sickening 

    knowledge spreading through me: 

    the two of us are trapped 

    in this net because 

    of me. 

    Boom-boom, 

    boom-boom.

    I take 

    a deep breath and prepare 

    to fight 

    for our lives.

    INTERROGATION

    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. 

    Boom-boom, 

    boom-boom.

    My voice sounds 

    so calm telling these lies, 

    I barely recognize 

    the words as my own.

Available Resources

Related Categories

  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358049173

  • ISBN-10: 0358049172

  • Pages: 368

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 04/02/2019

  • Carton Quantity: 1

  • Age(s): 12,13,14,15,16

  • Grade(s): 7-12

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