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White Rose

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Intense, inspiring story of students who defied the Nazis.

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This intense, inspiring novel in verse traces coming of age during the Third Reich as seen through the eyes of a courageous young woman who became a hero of German resistance. However, it's sometimes unclear in White Rose what's fact and when the author is writing in a character's voice. In the author's note, Wilson writes that she studied a collection of letters to and from Sophie, Hans, and Fritz, the leaflets themselves, and paperwork from Sophie's interrogation and trial. It seems safe to assume that if the typeface changes whenever a letter is included in the text, that this is an actual letter. But when a character's words are in italics, were they actually said by Sophie, her interrogator, or the judge at her trial? Some words, particularly those from her trial, seem to be fact, while others seem to be in italics only for emphasis.

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