Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity

eBook - 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, c2012.
ISBN: 9781423153252
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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A British spy in a German prison confesses everything. But her confession is more than a confession, as the twists and turns of this riveting novel show.

World War II was a time that required people to possess unprecedented bravery. But when Queenie is captured by the Gestapo, will her bravery be enough to save her?

Level 6.5, 15 points

A gripping tale of war, spies, friendship, and hope. It is clever and even hilarious at times, but don’t think you’ll make it through without a box of tissues.

Interwoven with stories of friendship and tragedy, this story features an unreliable narrator, who offers bits of information to her Nazi captors in exchange for a reprieve from torture.


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Code Name Verity is the WWII female-centric spy drama you never knew you needed. Don't read ANY descriptions of it beforehand -- just grab some tissues, throw yourself in, and enjoy the ride. This is legitimately one of my Top Ten favorites.

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FlaquitaRD
Oct 10, 2020

An ingenious book. The angle is unusual, the voice both intense and fun, the plot contains unexpected twists. Totally different from The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah, but just as good in its own way.

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siofra_17
Sep 06, 2020

An agent in the Royal Airforce by the name of “Queenie” finds herself in the hands of the Gestapo, almost immediately after she lands in Ormaie, France during WWII. The germans torture her until they reach the agreement that she will inform them of everything she knows about the air force and the resistance, through writing which Queenie decides to make in the form of a novel. She writes from the start about her past with her friend Maddie, all up to when the two crash land in France. Both friends are fighting for survival, one in the hands of the Nazis themselves, and the other hiding in the french countryside, aiding the resistance.
This book was written like no other book I’ve ever read. I loved the way it was written like a train of thought, but it never once lost my interest. The characters in this book were so developed and unique, it felt like I was reading from the perspective of two actual people through all their thoughts and emotions. It had some big twists at the end that really surprised me, and altogether I feel like this book was truly a masterpiece. It was also very interesting to read about what it’s like to experience being held for interrogation by the Gestapo, and the work behind aiding the resistance. It was also an added bonus to hear all the information about planes. I feel as if I could operate a WWII era plane myself. I think this book is suited for ages 16+.

ChristchurchTeens Sep 01, 2020

Written as a confession by Verity when she is captured by the Nazis, this is a powerful and sad story of her incredible friendship with her ATA pilot best friend, and how she herself became a spy and came to be captured.

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peacebenow
Aug 22, 2020

Story of 2 female best friends during WWII and their devotion to each other in tumultuous times. Didn't realize it was teen fiction until I finished.! The story is wonderful written and heartfelt throughout. Both women are strong and go above and beyond what most of us will ever be challenged to do.

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CCrumley60
Apr 13, 2020

April 2020. Women pilots and spies during the Second World War. I liked it.

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blue_deer_398
Nov 28, 2019

I absolutely loved this book!!! The humor and characters are so lovely and intruiging!!! I love Julia's and Maddie's sensational friendship! Could not put this down.

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jlfcat
Oct 02, 2019

Teen, historical fiction, WWII, female heroes

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 13, 2019

Code Name Verity is an interesting and unforgettable story of great courage and even deeper friendship. This unforgettable novel is written by Elizabeth Wein. I would rate it 5 stars on 5 and it has become one of my favourite novels. Set during the Second World War it follows the story of two young women Maddie and "Queenie". The two best friends, flying a British spy plane, crash in France which was occupied by the Nazis at the time. One of them gets arrested for questioning and the other does everything in her power to save her until one fateful night. Almost a low key thriller, this book is perfect for those who enjoy books set in this time period and those who also enjoy reading books with a bit of espionage and action. There's so much suspense on each page and chapter and your soul won't rest until you finish it. It is written with great detail; it makes you feel everything the characters feel. There's a companion novel to Code Name Verity named Rose Under Fire. Due to the level of high comprehension you need to fully understand this novel I would recommend it to readers over the age of 12. @VioletFeather of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

IndyPL_BethP Jul 01, 2019

How do you confess to being a spy, and not really give away any information? That is the dilemma facing “Verity”, a very young British spy captured in Nazi occupied France. Forced to write a confession, she tells the story of how she and the pilot who became her best friend met and trained for the service. But who is “Verity”? And what is she really writing – a confession, or something much more? And what about the pilot? What really happened after “Verity” jumped out of that plane? This is one of those books that gets under your skin, and stays there. All the major characters are more than meets the eye, and a gripping, compelling story unfolds under the writings of “Verity”, and what happens after she’s done writing. Darkly moving, thought provoking, and unforgettable, Code Name Verity is a one of a kind experience. And, food for thought, the definition of verity is something that is true, as a principle, belief, idea, or statement: the eternal verities.

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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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KOUJOKAKYUU thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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VanessaL52
Apr 26, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Explaines Nazis torture in the prisons

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VanessaL52
Apr 26, 2019

Sexual Content: Sexual Abuse: grabbed her breast, with his hand spread across her bottom, held her arm a little too long, Attemps to 'Cuddle' with her being unwilling

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VanessaL52
Apr 26, 2019

Coarse Language: Just about every possible swear

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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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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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