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Flowers in the Gutter: The True Story of the Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis

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Photo-illustrated nonfiction, the story of the Edelweiss Pirates, a group of working-class teens who not only survived but resisted the Nazis by whatever means they could, even when they knew it could cost them their lives.

Flowers in the Gutter is told from the points of view Gertrude, Fritz, and Jean, three young people from working-class neighborhoods in Cologne,
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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The Nerd Daily
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Seven Jane

Written with the young reader in mind, meticulously researched, and brilliantly crafted is K.R. Gaddy’s Flowers in the Gutter. It is a story of heroism and resistance that will inspire readers to stand up and fight for what’s right.

Flowers in the Gutter tells the real-life story of Gertrude, Fritz, and Jean, three young people involved in a youth resistance group known as the Edelweiss Pirates, young people who not only resisted, but
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Sakina (aforestofbooks)
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was surprising, eye-opening, and painful to read. Thank you so much to PenguinTeen Canada for sending me an arc and to the author, K. R. Gaddy, for doing the research necessary to write this incredible story.

I didn't realize this was non-fiction until I actually received the arc and opened to the first page. And then I checked the back and saw a bunch of sources that the author used/referred to while writing this book. I haven't read non-fiction in a while, but this made me really
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Melanie Dulaney
I did not finish this book as it is too advanced for my library patrons and was not enough of the narrative non-fiction that I enjoy. As a lesser known group who did all they could to resist Hitler, many will be drawn to this book on the Edelweiss Pirates. I was not impressed with the writing of K. R. Gaddy, but I am a bit particular. Thanks for the dARC, Edelweiss.
Seven Jane
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written with the young reader in mind, meticulously researched and brilliantly crafted is Flowers in the Gutter, upcoming from K. R. Gaddy (Dutton Books for Young Readers, Penguin Random House), a story of heroism and resistance that will inspire readers to stand up and fight for what’s right.

Flowers in the Gutter tells the real-life story of Gertrude, Fritz, and Jean, three young people involved in a youth resistance group known as the Edelweiss Pirates, young people who not only resisted, but
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Liv Morris
What a nice thing to see in the year of our lord 2020: a Nazi getting punched in the nose on the cover of a young adult book.

If Nazis getting their asses handed to them appeals to you (it should), rest assured that this book delivers. Gaddy clearly admires the young people she writes about; she goes to bat for them again and again. They caused trouble, they broke the law – so what? The law was unjust, so trouble was necessary. As she notes, these teens were too young and too scattered to have
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Rachel
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Flowers in the Gutter: The True Story of The Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis follows three teens in their fight against evil. The debut work of author K. R. Gaddy, this fascinating nonfiction includes lots of photographs, memos, and newspaper articles from the time period. Gaddy provides a cache of well-researched information about this little-known resistance group. Mucki, Jean, and Fritz -- the three interviewed for the book --have
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Helen
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was of interest to me because it records the activities of a young group of resisters, The Edelweiss Pirates, in Germany during WWII taking place in Cologne, Ehrenfeld and a few other places. Their activities consisted of bravely harassing the Nazis any way they could, enduring beatings and torture when they were caught. After the war, they were described and categorized as street punks largely because they did not have explicit political doctrine. They came from working class families ...more
Ali McTavish
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC of this book by Penguin Teen Canada in exchange for a review.

I am giving Flowers in the Gutter 4 stars. I really enjoyed this book, and found it incredibly fascinating. I thought it was very well researched, and i loved learning about this group of people I had never heard of.

While I didn’t love the authors writing style, the premise and points of view from the three pirates is what made me really enjoy it.

I recommend checking it out, as I think more people need to know about
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Kip
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always been curious about the Edelweiss Pirates, and this author did the work, putting faces some of the members of this largely teenaged resistance group in WWII Germany in this well-researched work of narrative nonfiction. This book will pair nicely in the classroom with books like THE FAITHFUL SPY for a glimpse into what it was like to live under fascism and how frightening--but necessary--it was to fight against it. It'll especially appeal to young readers today looking for ways to ...more
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