Rose Under Fire

Rose Under Fire

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While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbr ck, the notorious women's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that's in store for her? Elizabeth Wein, author of the critically-acclaimed and best-selling "Code Name Verity," delivers another stunning WWII thriller. The unforgettable story of Rose Justice is forged from heart-wrenching courage, resolve, and the slim, bright chance of survival. Praise for Rose Under Fire * "Wein masterfully sets up a stark contrast between the innocent American teen's view of an untarnished world and the realities of the Holocaust. [A]lthough the story's action follows [Code Name Verity]'s, it has its own, equally incandescent integrity. Rich in detail, from the small kindnesses of fellow prisoners to harrowing scenes of escape and the Nazi Doctors' Trial in Nuremburg, at the core of this novel is the resilience of human nature and the power of friendship and hope." -"Kirkus," starred review * "Wein excels at weaving research seamlessly into narrative and has crafted another indelible story about friendship borne out of unimaginable adversity." -"Publishers Weekly," starred reviewshow more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 147.32 x 213.36 x 33.02mm | 544.31g
  • Disney-Hyperion
  • United States
  • English
  • 1423183096
  • 9781423183099
  • 370,696

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Eighteen-year-old Rose Justice, native of Hershey, Pennsylvania, has managed to pull some strings on the English side of her family to get seconded to Britain's Air Transport Auxiliary to ferry planes in 1944. There she befriends Maddie, still grieving from Julie's death (in Code Name Verity, BCCB 6/12), and learns the ATA ropes. It's on a solo flight over France, however, that she's intercepted by German fliers and brought down. She's sent to the infamous German concentration camp Ravensbrück, where she meets R za, a defiant young Pole, who is also known as a "Rabbit," one of the inmates who were subjected to horrific, often lethal experiments in the camp hospital. When both Rose and R za turn up on the camp's death list, they must make a harrowing escape in order to survive. Though this lacks the origami-like unfolding and shocking d nouement of Verity, it is nonetheless an impressive story of wartime female solidarity. As a young American, Rose brings a contrasting perspective from a country that's been unscathed by a war that's been raging in Europe for years, a contrast emphasized by the suddenness of her capture (she's even still got red polish on her toes). Rose's love of poetry threads through the novel as she captures her own experiences and also uses the art to memorialize her blockmates; indeed, the strongest underlying theme is that of witnessing to the outside world, through poetry, prose, wall graffiti, or, in the final chapters, literally witnessing in the Doctors' Trial in post-war Nuremberg. The focus on the Rabbits, making them vivid individuals rather than depersonalized horror stories, is particularly original and compelling. This is therefore an atypical concentration camp story but a gripping one for contemporary American readers, who will easily connect with Rose and will be eager to discuss the ethical challenges raised by her story. End matter includes a note explaining historical sources, a glossary, and lists of relevant print and Internet sources. DS BCCB"show more

About Elizabeth E Wein

Elizabeth Wein ( was born in New York City, grew up abroad, and currently lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. She is an avid flyer of small planes. She also holds a PhD in Folklore from the University of more

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Historical fiction was the genre that convinced me I loved reading, specifically historical fiction during World War II. Reading Lois Lowry's Number the Stars was a life-changing experience for me. It makes sense that this is still the type of book I hold closely to my heart, and I don't think it's surprising that I loved Code Name Verity so much. Nor is it a surprise that Rose Under Fire made me feel the same way. I also think it's timely that I'm publishing my review for this book on Remembrance Day. After all, Rose does say that she'll tell the world, doesn't she? Rose Under Fire is so much more than a story, it's a reminder to us all that we can't ever forget. And the reason we can't ever forget is because we have so much to learn from this story, and while Rose's story is fictional the circumstances are not. Reasons to Read: 1. Rose's story is timely: Every year that passes is another year that we've moved further away from World War II. And every year I wonder if this means that we're one step closer to forgetting. I sincerely hope not. This is why stories like this are so important, because it gives those of us who have never truly experienced war firsthand one method of understanding and empathizing. I believe there is something critical in remembrance. 2. The value of friendship: The one aspect of Rose Under Fire that stood out to me was Rose's experience in Ravensbruck. I thought it would be so full of despair that it would crush me, and I had to set the book aside for a while because of that. And of course it's heartbreaking. But the bonds Rose makes with the women she meets in the concentration camp are so unexpected and shockingly optimistic. I think that really says something about the difference a friend can make in a dark place. 3. Elizabeth Wein's strength as a writer: I struggled through the first half of Code Name Verity. But I finished it (and loved it) and I had an idea of what to expect when I started reading Rose Under Fire. But Rose Under fire is a very different book, because Rose is a very different character with another perspective. Rose's character change is subtle from the beginning of the book to its end, and that can be credited to Elizabeth Wein's talent. The story isn't merely written so much as it is delicately crafted. While Rose Under Fire is more of a companion to Code Name Verity than a sequel, but there are a few pieces of the story that I think are best appreciated if you've already read Code Name Verity. Review copy received from Random House Canada for review; no other compensation was more
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