Oct. 11th, 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. “Code Name Verity,” by Elizabeth Wein, is a fiendishly plotted mind game of a novel, the kind you have to read twice. The first time you just. Read Common Sense Media’s Code Name Verity review, age rating, and Author Elizabeth Wein pulls few punches as she describes the grim realities of war.

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I include both versions of the US cover, as it has changed. Instances used as the basis for this novel actually happened, read the author’s notes, have a look at some of the references!

Suddenly they were separated — Queenie was captured by the Gestapo and feared for her life. Let me start again. One woman is always superior, better, than the other. Views Read Edit View history. First of all, I believe it. Hyperion Book CH Publication date: The story jumps from present to past, but I loved seeing how their relationship evolved.

View all 27 comments. These are a few of my favourite things… I loved the setting. Nazi torturer von Linden’s love for his daughter. Maddie and Julie embody aein, pluck and humor even in the darkest of circumstances.

Because the plot calls for foreign language translation, readers will pick up some French and German, including swear words.

Her story mixes first wdin and third person narratives. Talk to your kids about I can handle zombies. In short, the things that Code Name Verity is about – pilots, planes, radios, engineering, war – are the things I evidently have no interest in. That’s a lot to swallow. Who is telling the truth?


Under torture, she caved in and spat out codes and airfields locations. It seemed like the author felt Julie needed to be vindicated somehow, and using her intelligence to destroy the hotel did that. Scottish, French, German, English Paul, the Resistance nme who figures in the plot, is notorious among every woman in the movement for being “such a lech.

I have told the truth. She is given paper to tell her story and she does so through the eyes of her friend Maddie. I could feel the real-life love and knowledge of flying seeping through the pages. Verity tells the tale of her involvement with the British war effort, spiced with bit A Scottish girl, called “Verity” in a nice bit of obfuscation is the name accurate or ironic?

Around the Year i This is a great book. I want to love a book not just like it.

Code Name Verity | Elizabeth Wein

It took me a very, very long time to get into the first half of the book, and there were times when I considered giving up on it completely — mainly because I struggled to follow what was going on, and was confused by all the coded abbreviations, plane jargon, jumping between different time periods, and rambling writing style. Yet, women did fight in most, if not all, of the wars. Which do you like best?

She wasn’t Nerves of Steel or something equally daunting that I could never aspire to. I DNF’ed did not finish this originally.

Code Name Verity Book Review

Maddie is a working-class girl from Stockport whilst Julie’s ancestry goes back to a certain William Wallace who defeated an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in Two secret agents whom have become best friends. Mike People might jump on me for this, but this book is not suitable for children under Upon breaking her with torture and turning her into a collaborator, von Linden allows her to write down the events that led her to his cruel hands, and her written testimony is what we are given.


The amoun I’m going to be upfront with you: Author Wein excels at not only making the “good” characters complex with foibles from the comic to the life-threatening but also at showing the human side of the villains, e. Mar 01, Chris Horsefield rated it it was amazing Shelves: The first comes with the immediate horror, the guilt, the fear, the trapped-in -a—cell-with-her-torturers-observing-her, no food, no sleep, her ankles tightly bound to the chair, an iron rail tied against her spine and the certainty that her best friend is dead and soon so will she be.

Feb 04, Katie Montgomery rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’m a quivering bundle of goo; I don’t think I can be objective about this book for a day or two.

Code Name Verity

Everything else was brilliant and amazing. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I can even handle unfair treatment of orphans. Granted that there was a degree of suspension of disbelief required: It took me a while veriyt get around to this book. I really enjoyed the audio version. User Reviews Flizabeth say Kids say. As much as I enjoyed the latter half, I wish I love the book as a whole because I feel like I’ve missed out on certain things that would have enhanced my reading experience more.