2017 One Book One Community

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein is the unforgettable story of Rose Justice, a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War, is forged from heart-wrenching courage, resolve, and the slim, bright chance of survival.

This year, more than eighty public libraries in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties, five Harrisburg Area Community College campus libraries, and a variety of new and returning community partners are collaborating to focus on this year’s title.  Reading will begin on January 2, 2017 with free book discussions and related events at libraries, colleges and partner book stores held throughout the winter and early spring.

Campaign organizers encourage residents of the six-county region to read the book during January in preparation to attend free programs and discussions that will be held at public libraries during February, which is designated as both Library Lovers’ Month and Book Lovers’ Month. Plans for a “Readers’ Celebration” are underway.  This event honors the readers in our regional community for their participation in the campaign!  Check the One Book website: www.oboc.org for more information.

About the Author

Elizabeth has been writing since she was a child living in Jamaica with her parents.  When her parents separated, Elizabeth and her younger brother and sister ended up back in the USA living with their mother Carol Flocken in Harrisburg, PA, where Carol’s parents were. When Carol died in a car accident in 1978, Carol’s parents took the children in and raised them. In the years immediately following her mother’s death, books were Elizabeth’s lifeline, particularly fantasy. Inspired by JRR Tolkien, Alan Garner and Ursula K LeGuin.   Elizabeth went to Yale University, spent a work-study year back in England, and then spent seven years getting a PhD in Folklore at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she held a Javits Fellowship. While in Philadelphia she learned to ring church bells in the English style known as “change ringing”, and in 1991 she met her future husband there at a bell ringers’ dinner-dance. Tim is English, and in 1995 Elizabeth moved to England with him, and then to Scotland in 2000.  It was Tim’s enthusiasm for small planes that inspired Elizabeth to learn to fly.

Achieving her private pilot’s license inspired Elizabeth to take her more recent novels in a new direction.  Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire are set in World War II and focus on the role of female pilots during the war. Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire received widespread critical acclaim, with Code Name Verity becoming a New York Times Bestseller in young adult fiction.  Most of Elizabeth’s flying has been in eastern Scotland, where she has now lived for over fifteen years. She wrote all but one of her novels since moving to Scotland. Elizabeth also writes short stories. She and Tim have two children.

To find out more details about the interesting life of Elizabeth Wein, visit: http://www.elizabethwein.com/biography