Code Name Verity
Young adult fiction
World War, 1939-1945
From Library Staff
Two young women become good and true friends as well as a magnificent team. One is a spy and the other is a pilot. When they fly into occupied France, the mission doesn't go as intended.
This tale of the friendship between a WWII pilot and her friend, a spy, has it all. It has an interesting structure, it's very well researched, it's moving and very involving. As of 08/14, it's also available on audiobook CD, which I especially recommend.
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.
Julie, an upper crust Scottish spy and Maddie, a lower crust English pilot, are both true friends and a splendid team. This book tells what happens when a flight into occupied France doesn't go as planned.
Julie, an upper crust Scottish spy and Maddie, a lower crust English pilot, are both true friends and a splendid team. A flight into occupied France doesn't go as planned. Available on CD audio book.
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“Don't know how I kept going. You just do. You have to, so you do.”
“Nothing like an arcane literary debate with your tyrannical master while you pass the time leading to your execution.”
"'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)
"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
"Maddie [was] nothing if not mechanically minded and trained to react positively to orders from people in authority" pg 66
"'If you're scared, do something'" pg 66 and 94
“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
“It was a rather extraordinary conversation if you think about it -- both of us speaking in code. But not military code, not Intelligence or Resistance code -- just feminine code.” ― Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity