Code Name Verity

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Disney-Hyperion, May 15, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 352 pages
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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./DIVDIV
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.

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The writing is gorgeous, especially the imagery. - LibraryThing
Surprise ending catches you. - LibraryThing
Well researched and very well written. - LibraryThing
The ending had me in absolute tears. - LibraryThing
Incredible storytelling. - LibraryThing
Sensational writing. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - TrgLlyLibrarian - LibraryThing

Very cleverly-woven story of best friends involved in a complex mission in Nazi-occupied France. More than half of the book is the "confession" of one of the women, written at the behest of her ... Read full review

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User Review  - kell1732 - LibraryThing

I feel like this book could have been good if a few things about it had changed. Half of the book is written from "Verity's" point of view as she writes down her confessions on whatever pieces of ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Elizabeth Wein ( was born in New York City, grew up abroad, and currently lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. She is an avid flyer of small planes and is the editor of the Scottish Aero Club's newsletter. She also holds a PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania.