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Rose Under Fire

Rose Under Fire

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Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women's concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women, including a once glamorous and celebrated

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Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women's concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women, including a once glamorous and celebrated French detective novelist; a resilient young girl who was a human guinea pig for Nazi doctors; and a female fighter pilot for the Soviet air force. These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive.

In this companion volume to the critically acclaimed novel Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein continues to explore themes of friendship and loyalty, right and wrong, and unwavering bravery in the face of indescribable evil.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Audio
★ 12/01/2013
Poignant and memorable, Wein's follow-up to Code Name Verity gives listeners a look at World War II through the eyes of pilot Rose Justice. Rose ferries planes for the Allies, moving them to whatever airport or military outpost needs them. When she is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, a concentration camp for women, Rose uses poetry as a way to express herself through this horrific time and connect with the other inmates. Sasha Park's narration is phenomenal, neatly balancing the American, Polish, German, and English accents the text requires. VERDICT Highly recommended for all library collections.—Stephanie Charlefour, Garden City P.L., MI
School Library Journal - Audio
02/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Wein has crafted another stunner in this companion novel (2013) to Code Name Verity (2012, both Hyperion) Listeners reconnect with Maddie, who is mourning her late friend Julie, as she befriends a young American pilot named Rose Justice. Rose loves to fly and has entered the war effort on behalf of the British Air Force, transporting planes and people wherever they're needed, until she is taken captive while flying over France. The title character ends up in Ravensbruck, the infamous women's concentration camp run by the Nazis, and experiences the excruciating horrors and intense friendships such a place can create. As possibly the only American in Ravensbruck, Rose bonds with the "Rabbits," a group of women from a variety of backgrounds who were horribly experimented on by the Nazis, as well as French resistance workers and a Russian aviator. Not all of them make it out alive. Listeners learn earlier on that Rose does survive the camp, which makes hearing about the atrocities committed there a bit less harrowing, although many parts are still very difficult to listen to. Narrator Sasha Pick does a nice job depicting the American Rose, but she is less successful portraying characters with other accents. In a nice touch, the author narrates her own notes and acknowledgements. Pleasant music separates the discs.—Julie Paladino, East Chapel Hill High School, NC
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.)
From the Publisher
"[T]he author manages the neat trick of both conveying an enormous amount of historical information while also providing a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat plot peopled with vivid, imperfect and believable characters."
RT Book Reviews"

[A]n impressive story of wartime female solidarity."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"

The horror of the camp, with its medical experimentation on Polish women-called Rabbits-is ably captured. Yet, along with the misery, Wein also reveals the humanity that can surface, even in the worst of circumstances." —Booklist"

Wein's second World War II adventure novel - the first, "Code Name Verity," was highly praised last year - captures poignantly the fragility of hope and the balm forgiveness offers."—The New York Times"

Rose Under Fire' is bound to soar into the promised land of young adult books read by actual adults-and deservedly so, because Wein's unself-consciously important story is timeless, ageless and triumphant."—The Los Angeles Times

* "At once heartbreaking and hopeful, Rose Under Fire will stay with readers long after they have finished the last page."—VOYA, starred review

* "In plot and character this story is consistently involving, a great, page-turning read; just as impressive is how subtly Wein brings a respectful, critical intelligence to her subject."—The Horn Book, starred review

* "Readers will connect with Rose and be moved by her struggle to go forward, find her wings again, and fly."—School Library Journal, 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 review

* "[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 Reviews, starred review

Accolades
Schneider Family Book Award, Best Teen Book, 2014

Top Ten YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014
New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2013
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2013
School Library Journal's Best Books of 2013
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of 2013
The Children's Book Review Best Young Adult Novels of 2013
NPR Best Books of 2013
BookPage Best Children's Books of 2013
Goodreads Choice for Best Young Adult Book of 2013 nominee
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2014 nominee
A Junior Library Guild Selection
2014 Tayshas List Selection
[London] Times Best Books of the Year
Costa Children's Book Award finalist

PRAISE FOR CODE NAME VERITY

*"[A] taut, riveting thriller. Readers will be left gasping for the finish, desperate to know how it ends."—School Library Journal (starred review)

PRAISE FOR CODE NAME VERITY"

For me, Code Name Verity is the best of both worlds: an exciting, well-researched masterpiece of historical fiction with a contemporary sensibility....It brought me to tears to realize that I'll never be able to read it again for the first time. That is how powerful a story this is."—Richie's Picks

PRAISE FOR CODE NAME VERITY"

The word crossover appears many times on publisher information sheets, but this is the real deal. An incredibly assured debut novel, full of convincing detail, heart-stopping emotion and tension. I have high hopes for Code Name Verity."—The Bookseller

PRAISE FOR CODE NAME VERITY "

It has been a while since I was so captivated by a character in YA fiction Code Name Verity is one of those rare things: an exciting-and affecting-female adventure story."—The Guardian

PRAISE FOR CODE NAME VERITY"

A fiendishly plotted mind game of a novel, the kind you have to read twice."—The New York Times

PRAISE FOR CODE NAME VERITY"

Maddie and Verity's extraordinary bravery is reflected in frank narrative as they both fight against time and a horrific, powerful enemy...The themes of hope, friendship, and determination even in the most impossible situations are relevant to all readers."—VOYA

PRAISE FOR CODE NAME VERITY "

The unforgettable Code Name Verity played with my mind, and then it ripped out my heart."—Nancy Werlin, New York Times best-selling author

PRAISE FOR CODE NAME VERITY "

I closed this book feeling I'd met real people I'd never forget. Code Name Verity's characters don't just stick with me-they haunt me. I just can't recommend this book enough."—Maggie Stiefvater, author of the New York Times best-selling Shiver trilogy, The Scorpio Races & Books of Faerie

PRAISE FOR CODE NAME VERITY"

This astonishing tale of friendship and truth will take wing and soar into your heart."—Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times best-selling author of Speak, Fever 1793 and Wintergirls

PRAISE FOR CODE NAME VERITY

* "If you pick up this book, it will be some time before you put your dog-eared, tear-stained copy back down."—Booklist (starred review)

PRAISE FOR CODE NAME VERITY

*"A carefully researched, precisely written tour de force; unforgettable and wrenching."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

PRAISE FOR CODE NAME VERITY

*"This novel positively soars."—The Horn Book (starred review)

PRAISE FOR CODE NAME VERITY

*"[An] innovative spy tale built to be savored."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

PRAISE FOR CODE NAME VERITY

*"A riveting and often brutal tale of WWII action and espionage with a powerful friendship at its core. [an] expertly crafted adventure."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781743169582
Publisher:
Bolinda Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
10
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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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