White Rose

White Rose

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...

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Title:White Rose
Author:Kip Wilson
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White Rose Reviews

  • Mackenzi

    Gorgeous. Blurb to come.

  • Teresa

    4.5

    Thank you NetGalley, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group, and Kip Wilson for the opportunity to read an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    What initially drew me to this book wasn't necessarily the description of the book itself, but the fact that it is written in poetic form. As an Ellen Hopkins fan, I love reading works written in a poetry style. The problem is, some authors nail the craft, and some are just not good. Great news: Kip Wilson's poetic form is

    4.5

    Thank you NetGalley, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group, and Kip Wilson for the opportunity to read an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    What initially drew me to this book wasn't necessarily the description of the book itself, but the fact that it is written in poetic form. As an Ellen Hopkins fan, I love reading works written in a poetry style. The problem is, some authors nail the craft, and some are just not good. Great news: Kip Wilson's poetic form is gorgeously dazzling, and not a disappointment! The only thing that makes this a 4.5 instead of a 5 is that there are some stylistic choices that can be executed better, and perhaps in the final version they will be altered. For example, when another person (not the narrator) is talking, the lines or stanza is indented and in italics, but so is the dialogue tag. Having the dialogue tag in italics too threw me off a bit. Another thing I thought was super creative was stretching out certain words with spaces, such as "l o n g," and other words of similar meaning, making the word literally longer or stretched on the page. This happens about four or five times, but the stretch is in a line with other words. This would be an even greater effect if the word was isolated and spaced out even more:

    "l o n g"

    Aside from a few minute things like that, I loved the poetic form of this piece and the language has amazing flow. It was fun and easy to read, all while being an educational journey.

    This story takes place during World War II in Germany, during Hitler's reign. One of the aspects I love about this novel is its reflection on actual history. The end of the book has a sort of glossary that highlights who the people actually, historically were, as well as defining some of the German words (I didn't see the glossary until I finished the book, since it's e-book and not print. This wasn't a huge deal for me since I'm familiar with German and was able to figure out some words based on context). This historical accuracy and development for the novel is no surprise, considering Kip Wilson's Ph.D. in German Literature.

    The narration features a young girl named Sophie Scholl, an activist in the White Rose group--a non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany. Although this story is told from the perspective of one living during the events of WWII, I find that, despite there being a number of novels out there that feature this time period, this one is unique in its telling and resonates with events today.

    As an English teacher myself, I know a number of educators who would be interested in this book for Literature Circles/Book Club Groups, and it's workable for grades 7-12. This book would also be a nice alignment to read in English class if students are simultaneously studying the Holocaust. Overall, highly recommend to young readers, Holocaust historians, historical fanatics, and educators!

  • JenacideByBibliophile

    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, via Edelweiss+ for an honest review.

    RESPONSE

    Fritz tells me

    Officer’s mail

    Isn’t

    Censored,

    That I should

    Feel free

    To say

    What I like,

    Which is good

    Because I have

    Plenty

    To say.

    If you want to know what true beauty, conviction, bravery and strength looks like….read this book.

    White Rose is the rebellion story that begs to be witnessed.

    White Rose is the story of how a young German student, Sophie Scholl, became part of an an

    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, via Edelweiss+ for an honest review.

    RESPONSE

    Fritz tells me

    Officer’s mail

    Isn’t

    Censored,

    That I should

    Feel free

    To say

    What I like,

    Which is good

    Because I have

    Plenty

    To say.

    If you want to know what true beauty, conviction, bravery and strength looks like….read this book.

    White Rose is the rebellion story that begs to be witnessed.

    White Rose is the story of how a young German student, Sophie Scholl, became part of an anti-Nazi resistance group that was formed by her brother Hans, Willi Graf and Christoph Probst. Having grown up as members of Hitler Youth and experiencing the brutality of war, the boys craved a Germany that followed rules of justice rather than one of genocide. And so, the White Rose was formed in June of 1942 and was made up of many University of Munich students who protested the mass murders of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. Though the group only lasted until 1943, hundreds of copies of six political resistance leaflets were drafted and distributed across Germany, in the hopes of inspiring German citizens and students to revolt against oppression.

    AFTERMATH

    We soon learn there’s been

    An enormous wave

    Of arrests throughout Germany

    Of hundreds of teenagers

    Including Hans, on his military base

    All of them accused

    Of getting together

    In youth groups other than

    The Hitlerjugend

    Singing banned songs

    Reading banned books

    Things we do

    Because

    Ideas

    Cannot

    Be

    Banned.

    The group drafted six leaflets in total and distributed hundreds across Germany until the capture of its members. Due to the lack of paper and stamps that were available, the mailing of leaflets to different members of the White Rose was incredibly dangerous. The number of stamps and envelopes purchased by one person was tightly monitored by the Gestapo, and any suspicion of anti-Nazi propaganda was swiftly dealt with by arrest and biased trials at the People’s Court of Berlin, which usually ended in death by guillotine or imprisonment.

    1940

    Fritz doesn’t understand

    Why this defiance matters

    So much to me,

    Won’t acknowledge

    That our strongest weapon

    Is our refusal

    To follow blindly.

    Vati says nothing

    But his smile

    My father’s approval

    When I stand up

    For what’s right

    Means the world.

    The beautiful and daunting telling of the White Rose group is so much more than I imagined it would be. When I requested this title from Edelwiess, I wasn’t even aware that it was a story told in poetry! But after reading it, I can’t imagine it being told in any other way. These poems give these brave young adults a HUGE voice. Their conviction and feelings are screaming through to the reader on every stanza, every page.

    The members of this group quickly become a friend you could have known from school, a neighbor, a sibling. They are familiarized to you by their thoughts, and brought in close by their actions and movements. Kip Wilson has woven their story, and their actual letters to one another, into this riveting and gut-pummeling piece of artwork. By the end of the book I was fueled with an anger for what happened to these people, but also left in awe for how brave and fiercely they stood up for their beliefs of a better Germany.

    SELFLESSNESS

    Letter to Fritz: June 1940

    Dear Fritz,

    People shouldn’t be

    Ambivalent

    About the world around

    Them simply because

    Everyone else

    Is ambivalent.

    People who

    Refuse

    To open their eyes

    Are more than ambivalent-

    They are guilty.

    How can we expect

    Justice

    In this world

    If we’re not prepared to

    Sacrifice ourselves

    For what’s right?

    My only complaint is that I wanted more time with this book…and more time for these beautiful people who took a stand when so few others in their country would. It is a frightening thought, to stand up against a power and force so strong as the Nazi regime. But it is a truly beautiful notion, to think that these young adults made up their own minds on what they thought was right, and then acted on it until their deaths.

    Books like this, that tell the true story of people like Sophie and Hans Scholl, Kurt Huber, Alexander Schmorell, Willi Graf and Christoph Prost, who stood up against tyranny with their lives, is what makes me incredibly happy to be human.

    A REALIZATION

    Our deaths

    Will mean

    Something.

    The world will react,

    And someday

    Someone

    Will punish

    The people

    Who are doing

    These terrible things.

    The ribbon widens,

    Flooding

    My mind

    With a river of hope.

  • Joshee Kun (조수아)

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    I'm not a fan of poetry, but I enjoyed how this book depicted the life of a German girl who was brave enough to stand up to the diabolic Hitler. Usually, when people talk about the first or second World War, the Germans, in general, are the antagonists. After all, they murdered countless Jews in their infamous concentration camps. However, gleaning from the text, it's a sad truth that the mentioned latter dictator

    .

    I'm not a fan of poetry, but I enjoyed how this book depicted the life of a German girl who was brave enough to stand up to the diabolic Hitler. Usually, when people talk about the first or second World War, the Germans, in general, are the antagonists. After all, they murdered countless Jews in their infamous concentration camps. However, gleaning from the text, it's a sad truth that the mentioned latter dictator ruined the lives of his own people. Hence, we should be objective and not hold every German responsible for his unfathomable cruelty.

    was also the name of Sophie's group/organization that aimed to enlighten citizens to the darkness of Hitler's advocacy. With the help of her brother Hans and other courageous young adults, Sophie printed tons of anti-Hitler propaganda and distributed them across the nation. Despite the threat of incarceration and death, Sophie continued to fight for what she believed was right. I initially hoped for a happy ending, but this novel proved that stories about war rarely conclude that way.

    For me, the best thing about this book was Sophie and Han's relationship as siblings and co-rebels. When Hans had to use his medical skills to help the German army fight against Russia, Sophie never failed to send him letters and pray for his safety. Moreover, they always saw eye to eye on matters concerning Hitler. Sophie was the one who thought of publishing revolutionary leaflets, but Hans was the one who made her dream a reality. Finally, the siblings hang out all the time since they had the same circle of friends. Sophie and Hans were together until the end, and it was hard to read about their "inevitable" demise. If you're a fan of strong family bonds in YA, this literary debut will not disappoint you.

    Ultimately, I gave

    4 stars because of its inspiring and scholarly content. If I lived during Hitler's time, I wouldn't be brave enough to be a martyr like Sophie and Hans. This is the second historical book I've read this year, and I can hardly wait to start another one.

    However, until now

    I'm not sure

    if changing the format

    or s p a c i n g

    of a standard narrative

    counts as

    poetry. xD

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was pretty average for me. I thought that combining two things I don't read a lot of (historical fiction and books written in verse) would be a really exciting way to approach the story, but I ultimately just ended up feeling like I didn't get enough time in the story or with the characters to appreciate everything that happened.

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