Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity

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In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781423153252
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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WWII. Friendship. Planes.

Kiss. Me. Hardy.

This is the kind of YA book that makes a great adult crossover. While the story — a WWII thriller about two young women — is plenty exciting on its own, the narrative structure is tricky and would be fun to talk about.

Verity and Maddie are friends working in the war effort. When the Gestapo captures Verity, she trades information for freedom. Meanwhile, Maddie tries to free her. This is their story.


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kwsmith
Jan 28, 2018

In this dramatic novel, a roguish young Scottish spy is captured and interrogated by the Gestapo in German-occupied France during World War II. During her interrogation, she slowly reveals the story of her life and describes her special friendship with another young woman. Without giving away any spoilers, I'll just say that the book is structured in a very unique and interesting way. Unfortunately, I hated both of the main characters, especially Queenie, so reading this otherwise good book quickly became something of a chore.

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SRZ37
Nov 20, 2017

Possibly the best of all the WWII stories I've read recently. There are some faults--how could this girl last so long in such awful conditions?? But, overall, describes well the brutality and terror in Nazi-occupied Europe and is very cleverly plotted. Couldn't believe it isn't an adult book!

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humming
Aug 21, 2017

The slow beginning almost lost me but eventually the story snuck its way into my mind and heart. What is truth? What will you do (or not) to be true to yourself?
I appreciate the author's last words: LEST WE FORGET

samdog123 Aug 02, 2017

Although I found the book hard to get into, I couldn't put it down after the last third of the book. Well-researched, this book give a great glimpse of the role women played in the second World War effort.

ELPLTeenLibrarian Jun 30, 2017

I certainly hope you don't try to read this anywhere you can't ugly-cry for hours. This book is meticulously researched and features beautiful characterization + the kind of expertly sustained tension that makes "I'll put it down after I finish this chapter" a running joke that lasts the entirety of this reading experience.

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Starpoem
May 22, 2017

What I liked:

* the fast pace--something interesting was always happening
* the story of a beautiful friendship
* learning about life in wartime Britain & France

What I disliked:

* the unrealistic idea that the Nazis would allow a prisoner to write such a lengthy diary
* the unrealistic use of American spelling in British women's diaries

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Shadow_Blade
Apr 01, 2017

This is a great book! Very well researched. It was extremely informative and insightful. The ending was quite unexpected. Though the beginning was sort of slow and I wasn't a WW2 expert so some of it was confusing for me, I would still recommend this book.

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Buch63
Mar 24, 2017

An outstanding book! It took me about 40 pages to get involved, and then I couldn't put it down! Be sure to read the sequel "Rose Under Fire"!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 14, 2016

Code Name Verity is an amazing book, and there is no other way to put it. It is separated into two parts, one part for each of two best friends. The book tells the tale of two best girl friends during World War Two, how they met and how each is doing their part to help the war effort. While the book is bittersweet, it is frighteningly well researched very well written and organized. I ended up suggesting this book to my 50-something year old mother from England, who adored this book as well! All in all an amazing book, I highly recommend this book to history nerds!
- @PerpetuallySleeping of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I’m a sucker for historical fiction and am a fan of this authors other war themed novel “Rose Under Fire” so I thought I would give this a try. It was really enjoyable and very detailed. The story felt like I was reading a real life account of a pilot who’d been captured during the war. A lot of the aspects of this book seemed original to me and are not often seen in other young adult novels. I would recommend even those who aren’t big historical fiction fans to give it a try as the story itself is timeless. - @bookanarchy of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Harriet_the_Spy Dec 07, 2016

Just an amazingly good YA novel, great for adults too. Great twisty plot, lots of action, and young women who know what they're worth and how much they have to offer.

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UnwrittenMadness
Jun 21, 2015

"Nothing like an arcane literary debate with your tyrannical master while you pass the time leading to your execution."

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ballerbunny
Jun 13, 2014

"Fly safely."

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cinnamonkitty14
Aug 20, 2013

“Don't know how I kept going. You just do. You have to, so you do.”

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cinnamonkitty14
Aug 20, 2013

“Nothing like an arcane literary debate with your tyrannical master while you pass the time leading to your execution.”

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sra963
Jul 16, 2013

Kiss me Hardy.

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cinnamonkitty14
Mar 29, 2013

"'Fräulein Engel, you are not a student of literature," he [von Linden] said. The English flight officer has studied the craft of the novel. She is making use of suspense and foreshadowing.' _ Golly, Engel stared at him. I, of course, took the opportunity to interpose with pigheaded Wallace pride, 'I am not English, you ignorant Jerry bastard, I am a SCOT.' _ Engel dutifully slapped me into science and said, 'She is not writing a novel. She is making a report.' _ 'But she is employing the literary conceits and techniques of a novel.'" Pg 57 ( _ = new paragraph)

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cinnamonkitty14
Mar 29, 2013

"So then we had a genial argument about Orwellian socialism. He (v.L.) disapproves (obviously, as Orwell spent five months battling the idiot Fascists in Spain in 1937), and I (who don't always agree with Orwell either but for different reasons) said that I didn't think my experience as a scullion exactly matched Orwell's, if that was what v.L. was getting at, albeit we may have found ourselves working in similar French hotel basements for similar rates of pay (Orwell's somewhat higher than mine, as I seem to recall he was given an allowance of a couple of bottles of wine in addition to raw potato peelings)." Pg 86

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cinnamonkitty14
Mar 29, 2013

"Maddie [was] nothing if not mechanically minded and trained to react positively to orders from people in authority" pg 66

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cinnamonkitty14
Mar 29, 2013

"'If you're scared, do something'" pg 66 and 94

KOUJOKAKYUU Jan 29, 2013

“It’s awful, telling it like this, isn’t it? As though we didn’t know the ending. As though it could have another ending. It’s like watching Romeo drink poison. Every time you see it you get fooled into thinking his girlfriend might wake up and stop him. Every single time you see it you want to shout, You stupid ass, just wait a minute and she’ll open her eyes! Oi, you, you twat, open your eyes, wake up! Don’t die this time! But they always do.”
― Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

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Oct 30, 2015

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Jan 25, 2015

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olive_bird_01 Jul 22, 2015

In WWII Britain, one girl becomes a pilot, another a spy. What happens next will test the limits of their heroism and their friendship.

olive_bird_01 Jul 22, 2015

In WWII Britain, one girl becomes a pilot, another a spy. What happens next will test the limits of their heroism and their friendship.

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UnwrittenMadness
Jun 23, 2015

This book tells the story of two girls, Julie and Maddie, fighting in World War II. Both recruited for different roles in Special Services, Julie ends up getting captured by the Nazis, and writes out a complete confession in exchange for more time, while Maddie escapes and attempts to save her friend.

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Starpoem
May 22, 2017

Violence: Trigger warnings: This book is set during WWII, so it includes wartime violence. One character is taken prisoner by the Nazis and tortured. There are mentions of suicide attempts and suicidal ideation.

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