Code Name Verity

Next on my list of My Best Loved Books: Books that Change the Heart and Mind


Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Published by: Disney- Hyperion in May 2012


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.

My Take On It:

This lovely book set in the midst of WWII, takes you into sister-like friendship, women trying to take their role during war and the devastating difficulties faced by a prisoner of war. Verity must tell her story to prolong her life and increase her chances of survival, and the odds are not good. It takes you through the journey of discovering in yourself coward or courage. There is an element of mystery hat unfolds as you read and it surprised me in the end! This book was very touching and it made me cry. I really enjoyed the way this book was written, the style was great.

There are different versions of the cover, but I think this is my favorite. A symbolism that speaks to me of the strongest of bonds between friends.

A Favorite Quote: “Von Linden really should know me well enough by now to realise that I am not going to face my execution without a fight. Or with anything remotely resembling dignity.”  Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity


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