Kip Wilson, author of the novel-in-verse White Rose, came to talk to the Lincoln 8th graders on Wednesday, February 26th. Ms. Wilson's book tells the story of real-life student activist, Sophie Scholl, who, along with her brother Hans and other university peers, started an underground movement called the White Rose to protest Hitler and the Nazis. Ms. Scholl was caught, interrogated, and eventually executed for her participation in distributing leaflets that opposed the oppressive German regime. The 8th graders are currently engaged in a unit of study that focuses on Holocaust literature and resistance activities. Katie Drummond, a student who has read Ms. Wilson's novel, appreciated learning more about the history behind the text: "Hearing Ms. Wilson gave me a new perspective on the book which was interesting. I was able to put a face with the characters in the story and I learned more about the history of the White Rose." Another student, Max Prihodko, was surprised to learn that Ms. Wilson's book originally started as a biography before she rewrote it as a novel-in-verse at the suggestion of some fellow authors ten years later. Nathan Doughty felt "the presentation was well done and informative. I learned that people, even in the darkest of times, tend to help each other." This Enrichment Program was made possible by Annual Giving contributions to the LPTO from parents and caregivers like you. Thank you.