Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

code name verity

Code Name Verity
Elizabeth Wein
Hyperion Books for Children, 2012
ISBN: 978-1423152194
FORMAT: Historical/Audio
AGE: Young Adult
5 Stars

I read this book as part of the 2013 YALSA The Hub Reading Challenge. So far for the challenge I have read:

17. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
16. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
15. In Darkness by Nick Lake
14. Crusher by Niall Leonard
13. Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
12. The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, and Nate Powell
11. Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
10. Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert
9. Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
8. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
6. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
5. We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson
4. Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
3. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
2. Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
1. Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose

“Verity” is an Engishwoman who is also a spy. The problem is that she was captured in Nazi occupied France while she was on a secret mission. And the chances of spies escaping interrogation alive is slim to none. In a last-ditch hope to tell the truth, she agrees to write a confession of her mission. A mission that starts with the tale of her best friend Maddie, the pilot who took her to France. But in telling her tale, “Verity” has to decide just what truths to tell and what bits of story she will throw in to buy her time…and perhaps some freedom.

If you have not read this book yet, you NEED to. It is brilliant, clever, and haunting all at the same time. The history and cultures (English, French, German, and a bit of American) all bring depth to the despair and torture that such a time would bring to “Verity”. This is one of those books that looks at a horrid part of history square on, and then makes you yearn for more of the courage, fortitude, and sheer willpower that blossomed in such times. And that is only hinting at the first part of the book. I can’t even mention more due to giving away too much information. This is one of those books that people will ask if you have read it just because they can’t fully talk about the brilliance of it without having both parties finish reading the book. So amazing. So very, very amazing. So…you should go check it out from the library. AND if you are in need of an audio book that is as well-read as it is written, this audio book just might be the one for you. Seriously good. So GLAD I have read it/listened to it!

2 thoughts on “Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

  1. I’ve had this book for a long time on my Kindle. I got it free from NetGalley before it ever came out and I just couldn’t read it, but I’m guessing that I have to after a review like that. You always make my to-read list longer!

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