Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Review: White Rose by Kip Wilson


Disillusioned by the propaganda of Nazi Germany, Sophie Scholl, her brother, and his fellow soldiers formed the White Rose, a group that wrote and distributed anonymous letters criticizing the Nazi regime and calling for action from their fellow German citizens. The following year, Sophie and her brother were arrested for treason and interrogated for information about their collaborators. This debut novel recounts the lives of Sophie and her friends and highlights their brave stand against fascism in Nazi Germany.

Novels in verse are often hand-sold as 'quick reads', but this is not a novel to dash through. The pages deserve as much thought and consideration as the Scholls and their friends put into their words and actions. The entries vary in person between characters, including the Nazi officer determined to catch them, and in time - from the beginning of Hitler's rise of power to the Scholls' last moments - yet it is never confusing regarding who is speaking or when the entry is taking place. Yes, each is titled, but the voices are different enough as well. I was especially intrigued by some of the 'before' entries, in which Hans fiercely defends and supports the new government's policies...after all...the economy is better. I love that it illustrates that it is always possible to change your mind and be a hero!

Marketed as for ages 12 and up, which I would call accurate. Little violence, but much heavy thinking.

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