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22 June 2012

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity #1)

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is an amazing book. It is the story of two young women during World War II -  one captured spy and one pilot.

This is the type of novel you want to tell everyone to read, but you can't really explain too much of what it is about without giving too much away.

Read it, you will be sucked in and captured until long after you have reread it. If there was a list of mandatory titles all humans should read, I would nominate this book - both as a look at the destruction of war on humanity and as a beautiful example of friendship.

The woman whose code name is Verity has been captured by the Gestapo in occupied France in October of 1943. She makes a deal to tell them everything she knows of the British plans and defense if she can only have her clothes back. But to understand how and why she came to France, she starts her narrative with her best friend Maddie in 1938 - when Maddie decided she had to learn to fly airplanes.

What follows is the story of two very different young women and how they are entangled in the war effort, how their paths intersected and what to lengths they will go in order to try and protect each other. Really, just read it! Buy it and read it. Or go to the library and check it out and read it. But if the library doesn't have it available at this moment, buy it.

Wein, Elizabeth. (2012). Code Name Verity. New York: Hyperion.

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