Series: Code Name Verity #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion (2012)
Hardcover (332 pages)
Reading Challenges: Read 2015
Oct. 11th, 1943-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 has lost the game before it’s barely begun.
When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?
A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called “a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel” in The New York Times, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.
I was a bit hesitant about this book when I first heard about it. It is about World War II. That war had such a big impact on the world and even on my family’s past, that it can be hard to read things that are historically accurate. So I put this book off for almost a year after I first heard about it. Finally, I decided to read it. I am so glad that I did.
This historical fiction novel doesn’t focus on the concentrations camps, on the Jewish people, on all the others taken away by the Nazis to be killed. Instead, this novel focuses on the war effort in England and France. It is about women pilots, spies, and the French Resistence. It is different from what I first expected when I heard World War II.
The novel tells the story of the friendship between “Verity” and Maddie. Verity the spy and Maddie the pilot who flew her to France. The friendship between these two is so intrical to the whole story.
There is so much I would love to tell you about this book I don’t want to spoil any of it for you. I just want to tell you that it is a great book. I am so, so glad that I finally worked up the courage to read it.
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