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 ...

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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.

Selected praise for Rose Under Fire:

"Wein's unself-consciously important story is timeless, ageless and triumphant." -The Los Angeles Times

"Wein's second World War II adventure novel captures poignantly the fragility of hope and the balm forgiveness offers." -The New York Times

* "[Wein] has crafted another indelible story about friendship borne out of unimaginable adversity." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

Winner of the 2014 Schneider Family Book Award for Teens
A 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book for Fiction

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Jessica Bruder
Wein's second World War II adventure novel…captures poignantly the fragility of hope and the balm forgiveness offers.
Publishers Weekly
This companion to Wein's Printz Honor- and Edgar-winning Code Name Verity introduces Rose Justice, a Pennsylvania teenager and volunteer civilian pilot during WWII. Rose is ferrying a Spitfire back to England from France for the Royal Air Force when she is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbruck, the women's concentration camp. Designated a "skilled" worker, Rose is assigned to a factory; when she realizes that she's making bomb fuses, she stops working. Two brutal beatings later, she is reassigned to the high-security unit at the camp, where she is taken under the wing of the "Rabbits"--Polish political prisoners whose bodies have been horrifically abused by Nazi doctors for medical experimentation. Because Rose recounts her capture and imprisonment after the fact, in a journal, initially for cathartic purposes, her story doesn't have the same harrowing suspense of Code Name Verity, but it's no less intense and devastating. Eventually, Rose realizes the true purpose of the journal is to fulfill the promise she made to her Ravensbruck sisters: to tell the world what happened there. Wein excels at weaving research seamlessly into narrative and has crafted another indelible story about friendship borne out of unimaginable adversity. Ages 14-up. Agent: Ginger Clark, Curtis Brown. (Sept.)
VOYA - Raluca Topliceanu
Rose Under Fire successfully creates a realistic portrayal of not only the war, but also the status of women and the horror lived by those confined to bleak concentration camps during WWII. Characters are not only memorable; they refuse to be forgotten after the last words have been read, and they have readers betting on them every step of the way. Reviewer: Raluca Topliceanu, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Sara Martin
In this companion novel to the best-selling Code Name Verity (Hyperion, 2012/Voya April 2012), Wein returns to the World War II setting, but this time focuses primarily on a single character—Rose Justice—who is captured by the Nazis. Rose Under Fire is the harrowing story of her fight to survive in Ravensbruck—a women's concentration camp. This novel picks up eight months after the end of Code Name Verity. Rose is an American pilot and friends with Maddie, who is still struggling with the death of her best friend, Queenie. Although Rose Under Fire could be read on its own, readers who are already connected to the beloved characters by having read the first book will have an immediate connection to Rose, and will be more quickly drawn into the story. Rose details most of her experiences in journal format, as did Queenie, but also frames much of her tale around snippets of poetry, some of which she writes herself. Descriptions of camp life, in particular the horrific treatment of the "rabbits"—prisoners that were tortured under the guise of medical experimentation—are vividly and brutally detailed. Supporting characters, including the villains, are fully drawn and multidimensional; Wein never reduces them to simple stereotypes. Rose Under Fire is possibly more straight-forward and faster-paced than Code Name Verity, but it also packs an even greater emotional punch. At once heartbreaking and hopeful, Rose Under Fire will stay with readers long after they have finished the last page. Reviewer: Sara Martin
Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
This is billed as a “companion novel” to the award winning book, Code Name Verity. Rose Justice is working for the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary) in 1944, delivering planes from the factory to airfields where they are needed, or taking planes from their fields into repair facilities. Even though Rose is only eighteen years old and American, she has been flying since she was twelve years old, because her father owns a flight school. As soon as she graduates high school, she starts pressuring her Uncle Roger, an engineer in the British military, to get her this job and now she is here. She has more flight experience than many of the young men flying into combat, but women are not allowed to be combat pilots. When the Allies land at Normandy and start pushing the lines back toward Germany, her Uncle persuades the powers that be to let Rose deliver him to France where he supervises the building of temporary bridges. On the way home from this assignment, Rose spies a V-1 rocket and, relying on conversations she has had with other pilots, successfully disrupts the rocket’s course sending it prematurely to the ground before it reaches its target. However, in the process, she gets way off course, is found by two Luftwaffe planes and taken back to Germany where she eventually ends up in the notorious women’s concentration camp, Ravensbrück. The bulk of the book is her remembered account of what she endured during her six months imprisonment before she escaped with two other prisoners. It is both a heartbreaking and heart-warming story. Prisoners endure not just cold and starvation and beatings and often death, but they are daily submitted to the greatest humiliations and dehumanizing conditions, e.g., being given two shoes of differing sizes to wear, having to stand for hours and even days in the freezing cold as punishment while their bodily waste runs down their legs. In spite of the conditions, or because of them, they defend each other fiercely and often take life-threatening chances to hide those who have been selected for execution. Based on extensive research, no holds are barred in describing the treatment in the camp, so this book should be recommended with caution, but it is a compelling story of human resilience in the face of absolutely overwhelming challenges. The author provides a list of source materials including those with primary source materials (interviews with survivors) and one with a teaching guide. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.; Ages 14 up.
School Library Journal
★ 10/01/2013
Gr 8 Up—This companion novel to Wein's Code Name Verity (Hyperion, 2012) tells a very different World War II story, with a different pilot. Rose Justice, an American, has grown up flying, and when she is given the opportunity to ferry planes to support the war effort in England in 1944, she jumps at the chance. It is during one of her missions that she purposefully knocks an unmanned V-1 flying bomb out of the sky and is captured by Nazi airmen. Once on the ground, she is taken to the infamous women's concentration camp, Ravensbrück. She is first treated as a "skilled" worker, but once she realizes that her job will be to put together fuses for flying bombs, she refuses to do it, is brutally beaten, and is then sent to live with the political prisoners. Once she's taken under the wing of the Polish "Rabbits"-young women who suffered horrible medical "experiments" by Nazi doctors-she faces a constant struggle to survive. After a daring escape, she recounts her experience in a journal that was given to her by her friend, Maddie, the pilot from Code Name Verity, weaving together a story of unimaginable suffering, loss, but, eventually, hope. Throughout her experience, Rose writes and recites poetry, and it is through these poems, some heartbreaking, some defiant, that she finds her voice and is able to "tell the world" her story and those of the Rabbits. While this book is more introspective than its predecessor, it is no less harrowing and emotional. Readers will connect with Rose and be moved by her struggle to go forward, find her wings again, and fly.—Necia Blundy, formerly at Marlborough Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
After a daring attempt to intercept a flying bomb, a young American pilot ferrying planes during World War II is captured by the Nazis in this companion to Printz Honor–winning Code Name Verity (2012). After being brutally punished for her refusal to make fuses for flying bombs and having "more or less forgotten who [she] was," Rose is befriended by Polish "Rabbits," victims of horrific medical experimentation. She uses "counting-out rhymes" to preserve her sanity and as a way to memorize the names of the Rabbits. Rose's poetry, a panacea that's translated and passed through the camp, is at the heart of the story, revealing her growing understanding of what's happening around her. As the book progresses, Wein masterfully sets up a stark contrast between the innocent American teen's view of an untarnished world and the realities of the Holocaust, using slices of narrative from characters first encountered in the previous book. Recounting her six months in the Ravensbrück concentration camp through journal entries and poems, Rose honors her commitment to tell the world of the atrocities she witnessed. Readers who want more Code Name Verity should retool their expectations; although the story's action follows the earlier book'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. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423184690
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 277,713
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth Wein (www.elizabethwein.com) 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 Pennsylvania.

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