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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Rose Under Fire, the follow-up to the 2013 Printz Honor Book Code Name Verity, delivers more thrilling, heart-wrenching adventures of the young women who helped the Allies by delivering planes across Europe during World War II. Here, teen pilot and poet Rose Justice strays into German territory and is soon a prisoner at the notorious Ravensbruck concentration camp. There, the power of her friendship and trust with three other women helps them survive medical experimentation, mental abuse, and physical violence. Author Elizabeth Wein pulls no punches in describing wartime horrors with powerful emotional impact, but positive values prevail. No problematical issues with language, sex, or drugs.
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What's the story?
Set during World War II, ROSE UNDER FIRE tells the story of teenage American pilot Rose Justice. Ferrying planes across Europe for the U.S. military, Rose falls into enemy hands and is soon a prisoner at the notorious Ravensbruck concentration camp. There, she gradually learns about the Holocaust going on in the background; she also befriends a varied group of women, and they help one another survive.
Is it any good?
More about the friendship of the prisoners than the historical events themselves, Rose Under Fire still vividly portrays the mundane and brutal details of concentration camp life. Rose's story and spunky narrative voice will keep readers turning the pages late into the night to find out what happens. Some emotional connections are very powerful; have a box of tissues handy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about World War II prison camps and why they remain such a popular theme for books, movies, and more. What other POW stories do you know about? Are they all historically accurate? Were any members of your family prisoners of war?
What challenges does Rose have to face as a female pilot at a time when women rarely have such jobs?
How does poetry help Rose survive terrible experiences?
- Author: Elizabeth Wein
- Genre: Historical Fiction
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models, History
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
- Publication date: September 10, 2013
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
- Number of pages: 368
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: October 11, 2021
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