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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
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Versify
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Isabel This is a young adult book, but it has no language or inappropriate scenes for middle grade readers. The reading level would probably be about 6th…moreThis is a young adult book, but it has no language or inappropriate scenes for middle grade readers. The reading level would probably be about 6th grade and up.(less)
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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.
Mackenzi
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous. Blurb to come.
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
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David Schaafsma
The White Rose was a German non-violent student resistance group that protested against the Nazi regime for a few years in the 1940s. The group mainly conducted an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign.

https://hitraveltales.com/munich-soph...

There are now many books about the group, many of which focus on Sophie Scholl, the younger sister of Hans, and his University of Munich Professor Kurt Huber, all of whom were executed for treason in resisting and defaming the Nazi state.

I'm reading it
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TL
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tried a few times to write something down only to erase it. Still not quite sure what to say here.

This is my second experience with a novel in verse. The first experience didn't go so well so I was wary of trying one again and probably wouldn't have picked this up for awhile if it had been for it being included in my Second Star book box and seeing it being praised on Instagram.


This is a tragic but powerful story beautifully told. Its a shame more people don't know about Sophie and the White
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Teresa
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
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Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)
I will read this over and over again.
Kate ☀️ Olson
Fabulous historical fiction verse novel - based on a true story about Sophie Scholl and the real German resistance group White Rose during WWII. So glad I picked it up (and finished it!) this afternoon The messages about standing up against injustice and being the voice for those who are too frightened are timeless.
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I believe this is technically YA but IMO totally fine for all middle school and even mature younger students. 1 vague mention of sexual activity and the usual and unavoidable
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Jade Melody
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I remember reading the description for this book a few months ago and being interested in it. Then a month or so after that seeing it in a bookstore, but deciding that I wasn't going to purchase it. Then it seemingly disappeared off of my radar; I never saw it on Goodreads or at Barnes & Noble. But after returning to college and going to back to one of my favorite places, the public library, it seemingly made its way back into my life.

Yes I had read this description and was
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Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Wow okay so this was my first book written in verse.

I was lucky enough to go to Berlin for school in 2012 where I got to visit the Sophie and Hans memorial. It's small but just important so I'd suggest going if you get the opportunity.

It's disappointing how few people know about what Sophie and the White Rose resistance did. It's disappointing that their deaths weren't a catalyst for change. It's disappointing our world is circling back to Nazi's being a thing because apparently, we learnt fuck
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Allison C
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-arcs
This is a really meaningful book told in verse. It does not have a happy ending, and although I was kind of sad (I usually like books with happy endings), I really couldn’t see the book going any other way for it to still be as meaningful and realistic. I liked how the story was told in verses and I found it more interesting. However, I found that the random changes in perspective were kind of confusing but they were readable. The changes between past and present were good from a storytelling ...more
Em
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars!
Liza Wiemer
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WHITE ROSE was phenomenal. The novel is inspired by the true story of Sophie Schnoll, a brave young woman who desperately wanted her fellow Germans during Hitler’s rule to recognize the madness consuming her beloved country. Beautifully written in free verse poetry, this fast-paced, courageous novel gives voice to the evil of fascism when the world turns a deaf ear. Have courage, my dear friends to like yourself for who you are and in a world so desperate for morality, hold on tight to ...more
Whitney
It was ok but the story didn’t suck me in as much as I hoped. Usually I really like books written in verse but this one just didn’t work for me. I wanted to know more of the history and the backstory and that was lost in the poetic form of the book.
Natalia
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"May we all be as noble one day"
I honestly don't know where to begin. Reading this book was an experience. The fact that Kip Wilson chose verse to portray a story like this is still fascinating me. I was honestly skeptical but I felt more rushed, more on my toes, more sense of urgency reading the pages in this way. Urgent is what this book is so the choice was genius.

This book tells the story of a Nazi resistance group called White Rose, a group that was brave enough to mail leaflets and share
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Laura Gardner
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“We have a duty to share the truth with the masses." How far are you willing to go to fulfill that duty? Sophie Scholl gave her life in the attempt to share the truth with people in Germany during World War II. Her story, beautifully written by Kip Wilson, is the subject of White Rose, a must-purchase novel in verse for middle school and high school libraries.

Sophie Scholl was a member of the White Rose, a secret resistance group in Nazi Germany that strove to organize against Hitler's regime.
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Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

White Rose by Kip Wilson is absolutely stunning novel in verse about the life of Sophie Scholl. Scholl was an anti-Nazi political activist and pamphleteer with the non-violent resistance group called the White Rose. The detail and research that has gone into presenting her story and the story of the group is amazing. It's also quite gut-wrenching to read considering that I already knew her fate before going into the story. While
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Priya
This book displayed bravery, strength, and was frankly, just beautiful. The White Rose is a Non-violent German partisan group, made up of students that protested against Hitler and the Nazi regime for a couple of years during the 1940's. I would recommend this book to people who like non-violent books about war, conflict, and struggle. Most of all, this book was written in verse, so if you're fond of this book, it will go by fairly quickly.
Beatrice
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Verse isn’t my prefered method of storytelling, but I did enjoy it in this one. Though this, of course, is a bit of a mix between reality and fiction, I think the author did a good job portraying Sophie Scholl as the living, breathing person that she was.
C.P. Cabaniss
*I received an ARC of this novel at Yallfest 2018.*

I have only read one or two novels written in verse and I don't think the style is for me. I don't tend to hold details in my head as much when reading this format. I got better at it as I read this one, because I started thinking about it in a different way, but it still didn't hit me as hard as something like this might have had it been written differently.

One thing that I liked a lot about this was the constant shift between The End and
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Ellie Terry
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this YA historical verse novel: the intriguing true story of a young heroine, the beautiful writing, and the raw emotion on every page. Will definitely read again.
Jenni Walsh
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book. It's about a young (real life) German girl, Sophie Scholl who acted as a pampleteer in the White Rose resistance against Hitler, the Nazi party, the Third Reich. What a powerful premise. However, I had hesitations to read. Not because of that very alluring subject matter, but because the novel is written in verse and... that intimidated me

I wrote poetry in my adolescent days, but I don't believe i've written it, studied it, or read it since college. I was nervous the story
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Mandi1082
Even though it says based on a true story I must have missed that when I started this book. I really enjoyed reading something that I never heard about but have been reading historic fiction and nonfiction for years.
This book is written in verse and it's about the White Rose group made up of German University Students who distributes pamphlets that speak out against Hitler's regime. The students were made up of one woman and the rest men.
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Chris Heffernan
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though I normally don’t enjoy books written in verse, this was outstanding. White Rose tells the story of Sophie Scholl, a German girl standing up for what’s right in WWII. A well written piece about a little known hero of the war.
Selene
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars
Jessica | Booked J
Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review also found here at Booked J. I was sent an ARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not change my view in any shape or form.

It's Sunday, and I'm feeling like my only accomplishment this week was in reading White Rose. It's just completely taken over my thoughts in the best way imaginable and I'm a little bit of an emotional wreck over it. So much to say, so few ways to express it adequately. I guess all I can do is
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Kim Friant
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars—We are on a roll with all these covers in 2019! The Most Gorgeous Cover Tournament is going to be impossible this year! I enjoyed this book very much. I’m a bit conflicted about my rating, simply because I like how the verse formatting allowed me to get thru it quickly, hence I felt super accomplished, but I also am not a huge fan of verse formatting in general and I think it took something away from the story. It felt so impersonal. And the story was emotional and passionate, so it’s ...more
Rebekah
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not generally a fan of books like this, made up of instapoetry. This does not prove an exception, even though I love reading about the White Rose. I was upset with the liberties the author took--things she briefly acknowledges in the Author's Note--because this story is so important, because--as she herself notes--most information about the White Rose is in German (meaning that her "liberties" could misinform readers), and because they add nothing to the story. I also think it's rude to ...more
Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Novel in verse.

This is certainly a compelling story, and quite well done. However, the verse format, along with the flipping back and forth through time, might make this hard for my middle school readers to understand. They struggle with understanding the Holocaust as it is, so I am debating. For now, I might stick with Russell Freeman's 2016 We Will Not Be Silent.

Would definitely purchase for a high school library.

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Kip Wilson is the author of White Rose, a YA novel-in-verse about anti-Nazi political activist Sophie Scholl published by HMH’s Versify imprint. White Rose won the 2017 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children's Book Discovery Award, is a 2019 Winter/Spring Indies Introduce and Spring Indie Next title, and received three starred reviews. Kip holds a Ph.D. in German Literature, is the poetry editor ...more
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“I close my eyes and pray
that the world will
somehow change.

But I know it isn't
going to change
on its own, so I know
I must pray
for the courage to
bring it about.”
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