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ISBN13: 9781423152880
ISBN10: 1423152883
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In this tale of friendship, war, and early women's aeronautics, "Verity" has been captured by the Nazis while attempting espionage in France during World War II. This story is her confession. She swears she is telling the truth, but she also admits that she is a very good liar. Code Name Verity is totally engrossing.
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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, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy? 

A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called “a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel” in The New York TimesCode Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.

Review:

"This heart-in-your-mouth adventure has it all: a complex plot, a vivid sense of place and time, and resonant themes of friendship and courage. Practical Maddie and mischievous Julie are brought to life through their vibrant narrative voices and intriguing backstories....In this powerful work of historical fiction, Julie and Maddie need never fear 'flying alone'; the reader will soar with them until the final page." The Washington Post

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"Young people will enjoy this Second World War spy story, no doubt, but its appeal is much wider. It's a beautiful thriller about friendship, courage and daring at a desperate time." The StarPhoenix

Review:

"Moving back in time, rather than forward, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is an original, cleverly written Second World War story about spies, torture, women pilots, friendship and the horror of war." The Independent

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"A carefully researched, precisely written tour de force; unforgettable and wrenching." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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"[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." The Horn Book (starred review)

Review:

"A fiendishly plotted mind game of a novel." The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Elizabeth Wein has lived in Scotland for over ten years and wrote nearly all her novels there. Her first five books for young adults are set in Arthurian Britain and sixth century Ethiopia. The most recent of these form the sequence The Mark of Solomon, published in two parts as The Lion Hunter (2007) and The Empty Kingdom (2008). The Lion Hunter was short-listed for the Andre Norton Award for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction in 2008. Elizabeth also writes short stories.

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Cassie Guess, February 25, 2014 (view all comments by Cassie Guess)
This book was up to vote for my book club, and we ended up reading it. I had NO IDEA it was a "children's adventure book" until I was finished and prepared to write a review. It read and paced like an an adult fiction book. It was very focused on how women impacted WWII, which I can never read enough about. Very exciting book to read, with a very interesting twist at the end. Highly recommend it!
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leslieluvzbooks, January 20, 2014 (view all comments by leslieluvzbooks)
A friend recommended this book, and when I first picked it up, I had no idea what I was getting into. By the time I finished the first page, I knew I would not be able to put it down--I had to find out what would happen next! The story held me in its thrall to the very end; I saw the various characters she wrote about. I felt the pain of betraying her friend and her country as she spilled secret after secret because her life depended on it. I felt her fear as every day might be her last. This is truly a tale not to be missed.
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The Lost Entwife, October 30, 2013 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
Sometimes I think there may be something wrong with me because I'll pick up a book that has been gushed over and be all excited to dive into it and then... nothing. It falls flat for me. Completely flat - as in, I want to put it down mid-"action" and never pick it up again. Unfortunately, Code Name Verity was that book for me this time around.

Code Name Verity is the third book by Elizabeth Wein I've read this year. I'm really conflicted on what I think about her because, from a literary standpoint, there's quite a bit that could be chewed on with her books but from a pure enjoyment standpoint... well, I'd rather watch paint dry I think. I was so lost in portions of Code Name Verity that I had to go back and reread and then reread and I still didn't know what the heck was going on.

There's no doubt that Wein knows her WW2 airplanes and did her research on female pilots. Unfortunately, I know next to nothing about the subject so I was left to muddle my way through technical terms, strange names, and unreliable narrating all at once. And it flew (no pun intended) right past me more than once. I think I may have enjoyed the book so much more had there been just a touch more stability somewhere in the book. I also don't think it helped that I read Rose Under Fire just a month or so ago and so felt like I was reading large portions of the same book over again, just re-packaged.

So, you can imagine that the "big" moment - the tear-jerker... the climax of the book that just gets people...well, it didn't work for me. I almost missed it. I was so confused and I still don't know what exactly went on in that moment. Man, I wish this review was less jumbled because I just don't know how to explain how this book really just did not work for me without being all vague and confusing myself.

I think Code Name Verity would pay off if its reader had the time to devote to research, criticism, and in-depth discussion. I think there are some really valid points and information bits brought up about the treatment of prisoner of wars by the Nazi soldiers. I just didn't think this book worked for me on an entertainment level, and it certainly didn't work for me to read approaching it from the blockbuster viewpoint.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781423152880
Author:
Wein, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Disney Press
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Edition Description:
TradePB
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 10.4 oz
Age Level:
from 14 up to 18

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Product details 368 pages Disney Press - English 9781423152880 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

In this tale of friendship, war, and early women's aeronautics, "Verity" has been captured by the Nazis while attempting espionage in France during World War II. This story is her confession. She swears she is telling the truth, but she also admits that she is a very good liar. Code Name Verity is totally engrossing.

"Review" by , "This heart-in-your-mouth adventure has it all: a complex plot, a vivid sense of place and time, and resonant themes of friendship and courage. Practical Maddie and mischievous Julie are brought to life through their vibrant narrative voices and intriguing backstories....In this powerful work of historical fiction, Julie and Maddie need never fear 'flying alone'; the reader will soar with them until the final page."
"Review" by , "Young people will enjoy this Second World War spy story, no doubt, but its appeal is much wider. It's a beautiful thriller about friendship, courage and daring at a desperate time."
"Review" by , "Moving back in time, rather than forward, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is an original, cleverly written Second World War story about spies, torture, women pilots, friendship and the horror of war."
"Review" by , "A carefully researched, precisely written tour de force; unforgettable and wrenching."
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "A fiendishly plotted mind game of a novel."
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