Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein


Captured and held as a British spy in Nazi occupied France, Queenie, after weeks of torture, has finally broken. In order to avoid further interrogation and to have some hope of survival, Queenie must tell the Nazis everything — every piece of code she remembers, the location of every air base she can think of, every person she came into contact with — everything. In her desperate confession, Queenie tells the story of her unlikely friendship with Maddie, a female pilot. As details of the two girls’ experience in the war surface, it becomes more and more likely that their paths may be severed forever, and Queenie’s chances of survival grow smaller by the day.

Wow! I was truly impressed with this book. There are so many unexpected twists and revelations, and I certainly wasn’t ready for the story to be over. I listened to the audiobook for this one, and so I got even more of the emotion and suspense portrayed through the readers’ words. I highly recommend it. If you’re a fan of historical fiction at all, or if you love books with a lot of depth and suspense, give this one a try. If you love it, there’s a sequel!

* SLJ Best Book of the Year, 2012

* Edgar Award, 2013

*Printz Award Nominee, 2013

*YALSA Teen’s Top Ten, 2013

Rating: 4.5/5

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