The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin

The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin is out now!

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Also available as an audiobook!

Art by Ana Novaes, Design by Kaitlin Yang & Samira Iravani

About The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin:

After her eighteenth birthday, Hilde, an orphan in 1930s Berlin, goes out into the world hoping to find her place. She comes up short, at least until she stumbles into Café Lila, a vibrant club full of love and music, and meets Rosa, the club’s waitress and performer, whom she can’t take her eyes off of. There, Hilde starts to find her voice and embrace her blossoming feelings for Rosa.

But Berlin is in turmoil. Between elections, protests in the streets, and the growing unrest in Café Lila itself, Hilde will have to decide what’s best for her future . . . and what it means to love a place that will soon be changed forever.

Praise for The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin:

“The free-form verse is inviting and masterfully captures the mood and times in sparse poetry, making this work equally appealing for pleasure reading … Wunderbar!” – Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

“Wilson crafts a beautiful coming-of-age story that captures the joy of young independence against a backdrop of fear and foreboding on the precipice of the Third Reich.” – School Library Journal, STARRED review

“Hilde is impressively relatable to a modern audience despite her differing life circumstances, and queer teens may glean comfort in her Café Lila found family—but everyone could stand to gain from Hilde’s resilience against the odds in an uncertain world.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, STARRED review

“The language is as shiningly beautiful as the leading characters, Hilde and Rosa, and an absolute pleasure to read. A brilliant addition to the canon of LGBTQ young adult literature.” – The Historical Novels Review, EDITOR’S CHOICE

“This beautifully realized novel in verse succeeds on every level–as a work of historical fiction vividly bringing the past to life, as a love story, as a story about overcoming one’s personal fears, and as a work illuminating chilling parallels between Germany in the early 1930s and western society today.” – Cooperative Children’s Book Center, review of the week

“Versify’s forthcoming verse novels include Kip Wilson’s The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin (Mar., ages 12 and up), set amid the queer cabaret culture of the 1930s; PW’s review said, ‘It’s the era’s politics—and their connection to the present day—that give the Cabaret-tinged story its urgent momentum.’” – Publishers Weekly, Stanza and Deliver: Children’s Novels in Verse

“Like in Telegraph, Kip Wilson’s sophomore novel is about a young woman exploring her sexuality during a time when it wasn’t necessarily safe to do so in public and is set at a club that attracted anyone who saw themselves as different. ” – The Young Folks, 2022 Books You Should Read Based on Your Favorite 2021 Books

“These novels in verse offer stories about LGBTQ people in two eras, illuminating truths about the past and offering touchstones for teens today.” Book Page, 2 YA books write LGBTQ people back into history

“This gorgeous book will put your heart in your throat and tears in your eyes, and keep you rooting for its heroines against all the odds.” —Sherri L. Smith, author of Flygirl and The Blossom and the Firefly

“Gorgeously brings to life 1932 Berlin with a heroine trying to find her own path in a country on the verge of devastating change. I loved it.” —Stacey Lee, New York Times best-selling author of The Downstairs Girl