Code Name Verity
published in 2013
The Booknixie especially loves this book.


Appropriate age:
Young Adult (age 15-18)
Reading level:
Grade 7
Genres: Adventure, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Culture: Europe
Subjects: Aviation, Espionage, Friendship, Judaism, War, Social Issues


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 and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy? Harrowing and beautifully written, Elizabeth Wein creates a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other. Code Name Verity is an outstanding novel that will stick with you long after the last page.

The Booknixie's Review

Meg Solley
published June 12, 2013
This book is a puzzle. You don't realize it at first, but as the pieces start snapping into place, the beauty and the emotional weight of the story grows and grows until you just--can't--stop--reading. The historical details are fascinating but the story itself is timeless.
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