Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity

Book - 2012
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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, ©2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781423152194
1423152190
Branch Call Number: y WEIN 2012
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Wein, Elizabeth Pearl thief

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UK. Friendship of two women who happened to be a pilot and a spy in the times of World War II.

Two dear friends, a pilot and a spy-- both young women-- find themselves in a sticky situation when their plane goes down during a mission over France during WWII. This has it all-- it's well-researched and has rich characters, excellent writing and an interesting structure. A bad cover, though!... Read More »

Perfect a sixteen year old who is interested in spies.

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.


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red_ant_7450
Jan 23, 2019

How is it that some books are confusing, yet you love them for just that?This is the only book I have experienced that with. The Characters were amazing. I thought that Julie was ace and Maddie was a star. I also liked how the author didn't shy away from the use of ALL CAPS. In other books it sounds juvenile, but this book makes it work. Another thing that really made me love the book was that it didn't rely on a love triangle or mental disorders to make the book good. It had like NO romance in it and I thought that was really refreshing. So, in a completely juvenile way I'm going to say that you READ THIS BOOK! I promise you won't be disappointed.

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kaylaj1996
Dec 04, 2018

At first I was very skeptical of this book. It didn't promise all of the intrigue and adventure I was hoping for, but I was so pleasantly surprised as the book unfolded, revealing the truth that we all had to read between the lines. Even the characters themselves. A very moving story about two girls and World War II.

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susan_findlay
Nov 17, 2018

I don't generally like books about war. Nothing bores me more than a series of extended fight scenes. This, however, is a book about war that isn't focused on the fight scenes. And it is a fantastic read.

This is the story of two girls involved in the war effort on the British side of World War II. Maddie was a pilot, and we follow some of her journey becoming a female pilot in an era where that was far from the norm. We also follow the development of the friendship between Maddie and Julie woven into a lengthy "confession" written by Julie who was imprisoned by the Nazis after the girls' plane crashed in German-occupied France. Julie escaped the plane crash but was captured shortly thereafter. The confession she is writing (i.e. this book) is "suggested" to contain certain information desired by her captors, but she spends most of it telling Maddie's story, describing her own captivity and generally avoiding revealing too much useful information.

I cannot imagine anyone coming away from this book without a profound admiration for both young women. The plot is not quite as straightforward as my summary above but to say more would be to ruin the story. And it is very easy to forget that the person Julie is writing for isn't you (the reader).

Highly recommend (unless you're really sensitive to violence because there are descriptions of torture; Julie is, after all, a prisoner of war captured by Nazis).

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brangwinn
Aug 22, 2018

Almost to the end of this novel the reader is concerned that they are following the words of a traitor as this World War II novel follows the lives of two English females in the Royal Air Force. When their plane crashes in France, “Verity” the spy is tortured, and its not til the end you learn whether she’s been telling the truth to her German tormentors. Meanwhile, her friend, the pilot, has been hidden by the resistance. Excellent reading up to the last page.
The word is murder
Horowitz always writes a good mystery, and placing himself front and center in this book makes it even more interesting, His sidekick, a dour former British police detective adds to the story.

SCL_BethZ Aug 21, 2018

I had SO MANY FEELINGS after finishing this book. Wow. It's the kind of book that when you finish you need to just sit (and hug it) and absorb what you've read. And then seek out other people who have read it and understand. And then force your loved ones to also read it so they can also have FEELINGS. Basically - soooo good. WWII. Spies. Unreliable narrator. Twists. Epic lady friendship. Enjoy!

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lilypad_1
Aug 19, 2018

Very, very good book about risk taking, smart, average young women giving their all in WW2. Highly recommend.

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Sophia222
Aug 02, 2018

Code Name Verity is a fascinating book about a spy in Nazi Germany and the "diary" she kept. I loved the twists in this book as well as the beautiful friendship. Having read The Pearl Thief, there aren't many connections other than the main character, but I loved both stories nonetheless. I strongly recommend this book.

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WoodneathRachel
Jun 21, 2018

This fit right into my niche - World War II, spies, AND smart, brave women accomplishing difficult missions. The first half of the book is told from the POV of one character, then switches to another halfway through. This can be initially disorienting, but it eventually makes sense. The plot is complicated, and you're never sure what's real and what isn't - which makes for an excellent spy 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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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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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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