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Code Name Verity

by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity
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  • First Published:
    May 2012, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    May 2013, 352 pages

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Tamara Smith

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A harrowing and beautiful story of how far true friends will go to save each other, set in WWII

I had a dream about Code Name Verity last night. In it, I was not flying dangerous missions during World War II like Maddie - an Air Transport Auxiliary pilot. Nor was the Gestapo in occupied France interrogating me like Queenie - a Special Operations Executive spy. I was simply myself, with all of the details of Maddie and Queenie's story careening through my head. Details like how hard it is to land a Lysander aircraft when the tailplane controls are gone, how unfathomably painful it is to be burned with a cigarette while being held in prison, and how incredibly unique the friendship is between Maddie, a working-class English pilot and Queenie, an upper-class Scottish spy. Code Name Verity begs to be read not once but twice. The first time because it is such a captivating story, and the second to catch all its brilliant clues.

I truly think I was trying to re-read the ...

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