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Rose Under Fire

Rose Under Fire
By Elizabeth Wein
Disney Hyperion, 2013
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
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 Ravensbrück, 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.

Wow, this book was AMAZING. I was hesitant to read it because it took me a while to finish Code Name Verity. I feel like no matter what I write for this review, it won’t be good enough. These women were so strong. I couldn’t believe everything that they went through. I loved how the author showed how clever everyone was at preserving lives.

When I learned about concentration camps in school, it sounded like no one did anything to try and stop it. When people did try and stop it, they died. Not in this book. They did so much! They made a huge difference, just in their camp. For prisoners, they were pretty powerful. Horrible things happened there, and they never should have happened - but the women figured out ways to beat the system, and I was amazed. Don’t get me wrong, there was a tragic amount of death. Strong women died, but they died fighting. I felt like the fight in the face of something horrible was the focus. I was inspired by them and wanted them to win. I can’t imagine fighting as hard as they did. I learned so much from this book.

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