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ISBN13: 9781423152194
ISBN10: 1423152190
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Sarah Robertson, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Sarah Robertson)
Such a lush and complex book. Set during WWII, it follows the story of two young, British women and their friendship. Wein has not only crafted full-fledged characters, but she's created a candid narrative that begs for a re-read. Definitely my favorite book of the year.
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tommequilts, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by tommequilts)
On the surface, this is a book about two young women involved with the British Resistance during World War II. At its core, however, this is a book about an extraordinary friendship. I finished the book months ago and still find myself thinking about it. I can't say too much about it without issuing a "spoiler alert." Suffice it to say I highly recommend it.
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wisebruinette, January 22, 2013 (view all comments by wisebruinette)
Absolutely fantastic book. Best YA book I've read in a long time. Make no mistake: Although this novel is listed as YA, Wein has crafted a complex novel. The unforgettable characters are so genuine and alive that I feel I've met them. Every detail is significant. And Wein's obvious knowledge and research on the role of female spies and female pilots in WWII - along with her wonderful storytelling - creates a dramatic, memorable, incredible story.
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susan ramirez, January 19, 2013 (view all comments by susan ramirez)
Verity is a British spy, captured and tortured in German-occupied France before completing any part of her mission. She is in Scheherazade's position now, spinning out her story for a man who will kill her when she's done, or when it fails to interest him. Unfortunately, all he's interested in is intelligence that will help the Germans win the war. All Verity wants to talk about is Maddie, her best friend, the pilot who went down with the plane that brought her behind enemy lines. Fortunately, she's really good at storytelling.
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Irisa Auzareja, January 13, 2013 (view all comments by Irisa Auzareja)
At first I was confused by how the book started and thought about putting it down, however I then persevered and now I am glad I did. I enjoyed how the book was written from one perspective so as you read you were thinking along with the character. About 2/3s of the way through I started wondering about the whole story and then-Bam! the end came and I had to rethink. This book deserves to be read at least 2x!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781423152194
Author:
Wein, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Military and War
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 22.8 oz
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 352 pages Hyperion Books - English 9781423152194 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.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Wein (The Empty Kingdom) serves up a riveting and often brutal tale of WWII action and espionage with a powerful friendship at its core. Captured Scottish spy Queenie has agreed to tell her tale — and reveal any confidential information she knows — in exchange for relief from being tortured by Nazis. Her story, which alternates between her early friendship with a pilot named Maddie and her recent sufferings in prison, works both as a story of cross-class friendship (from an upper-crust family, Queenie realizes that she would likely never have met Maddie under other circumstances) and as a harrowing spy story (Queenie's captor, von Loewe, is humanized without losing his menace). Queenie's deliberately rambling and unreliable narration keeps the story engaging, and there are enough action sequences and well-delivered twists (including a gut-wrenching climax and late revelations that will have readers returning to reread the first half of the book) to please readers of all stripes. Wein balances the horrors of war against genuine heroics, delivering a well-researched and expertly crafted adventure. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Ginger Clark, Curtis Brown." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"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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