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 French detective novelist whose Jewish husband and three young sons have been killed; a resilient young girl who was a human guinea pig for Nazi doctors trying to learn how to treat German war wounds; and a Nachthexen, or Night Witch, a female fighter pilot and military ace 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.


  • Schneider Family Book Award Winner
  • Josette Frank Award Winner
  • Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor Book
  • Golden Kite Award Honor Book
  • Shortlisted for the UK Literary Association Award
  • Shortlisted for the Costa Award (Children's)
  • ABA Indies Choice Award Honor Book (Young Adult)
  • Audie Award Finalist (Teen)

Links to interviews and guest blog entries in connection with Rose Under Fire appear below.


2014 Boston Globe Horn Book Award Honor Speech

Character Interview with Lisette Romilly for Shae Has Left the Room, 12 Sept. 2014
Authority and Authenticity: Guest Post for The History Girls, 29 Dec. 2013
Bearing Witness: An Interview with Playing by the Book, 12 Sept. 2013
Interview and Review for Sarah Laurence’s blog, 5 Sept. 2013.
Interview with Audiofile Magazine, 1 Aug. 2013.
Guest blog for The Hive, 31 July 2013 : "Poetry and Survival."
SchoolZone (Reading Zone) interview, 17 June 2013.
First Look with Sue Corbett for Publishers’ Weekly, 13 June 2013


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