Oct. 11th, 1943 - A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.
When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?
Harrowing and beautifully written, Elizabeth Wein creates a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other. Code Name Verity is an outstanding novel that will stick with you long after the last page.
Through carefully crafted factual details, precise placement of suspense, and Queenie's phenomenal voice, Wein is able to literally make the reader hopeful and then skeptical, shocked and then relieved, all within a matter of paragraphs. She is brave in her dogged no-blink writing style just as Maddie and Queenie are brave in their staunch commitment to their incredibly dangerous jobs. And thus the reader becomes brave too. (Reviewed by Tamara Smith).
Starred Review. If you pick up this book, it will take some time before you put your dog-eared, tear-stained copy back down.
Starred Review. A carefully researched, precisely written tour de force; unforgettable and wrenching. Ages 14–up.
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Starred Review. [Code Name Verity] is outstanding in all its features - its warm, ebullient characterization; its engagement with historical facts; its ingenious plot and dramatic suspense; and its intelligent, vivid writing.
Starred Review. Wein balances the horrors of war against genuine heroics, delivering a well-researched and expertly crafted adventure. Ages 14–up.
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