Wein, Elizabeth. Code Name Verity. New York: Hyperion, 2012. Print. ISBN 13: 9781423152194. Hardback. $16.99.
Annotation: Two very different girls form an unlikely friendship during a bomb raid in World War II and go on to assist the Allies by becoming a pilot and a secret intelligence agent.
Set in the high-stakes arena of World War II espionage, Code Name Verity, is a thrilling tale of the friendship between two young women. Maddie, a pilot, and Julie, an intelligence agent, are each doing their parts to see that the Allied Forces are triumphant in this long and brutal war. When they crash land in France and Julie is taken captive as a prisoner, the lengths to which Maddie goes to save a friend are truly astounding. At the same time, Julie is using every ounce of her natural talent for deception to survive her imprisonment long enough to complete her mission. Maddie & Julie, Kathe & Queenie, Kittyhawk & Verity – whatever you call them, you cannot deny that they “make a sensational team.”
Elizabeth Wein’s novel, Code Name Verity, is an exhilarating and fresh new story about an old conflict. Maddie and Julie bring to life the little-known stories of women who fought in World War II. It is rare, but wonderful, to find novels for young adults that focus solely on the friendship between two girls, with barely a whiff of romance. But strong loyalties are what keep these girls fighting for their countries and fighting to save each other. Although the historical and literary references may be lost on many, Code Name Verity is an adventure worthy of being included in any library’s teen collection.
Sound like Julie: Buckets of blood! “Aviatrix” = female pilot.
Dine like Maddie: Black coffee and soft-boiled eggs.
Quotables: “It’s like being in love, finding your best friend.” (pg 68)
“We are still a sensational team.” (pg 299)
★ Code Name Verity is the winner of numerous awards including the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2012), Edgar Award for Best Young Adult (2013), Printz Honor (2013), and the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults (Top Ten) (2013).
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