Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. WeinCode Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein

Code Name Verity

byElizabeth E. Wein

Paperback | May 7, 2013

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The book The New York Times called "a fiendishly plotted mind game of a novel" is now available in paperback!
     Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during the Second World War. One is a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat; one is a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly, and before long they are devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war. The story begins in "Verity's" own words, as she writes her account for her captors.
ELIZABETH WEIN was born in New York, and grew up in England, Jamaica, and Pennsylvania. She has her pilot's license, and it is her love of flying that partly inspired the idea for Code Name Verity.
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Title:Code Name VerityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.99 × 5.18 × 0.21 inPublished:May 7, 2013Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385676573

ISBN - 13:9780385676571

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Phenomenal! This novel pulled me right in from the start, and I was absolutely glued to it. I loved Verity, and she grew on me more and more as the story progressed. Cut to the second half of the novel in Maddy's perspective, when it was revealed that Verity may not have been such a coward at all, I found myself sitting there with my jaw dropped practically to the floor. I raced right through the rest of the book, and admit I was a massive puddle of tears at the "Kiss me hardy!" scene. I finished and immediately started again from the beginning, this time with the knowledge we learned from Maddy, and it was suddenly a completely different novel. I would highly recommend "Code Name Verity" to anyone who's a fan of "The Alice Network" by Kate Quinn. "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr, or "The Nightingale" by Kristen Hannah.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Such a unique idea and layout. Loved the writing and the perspectives that Wein chose to write from.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for historical fiction/WWII fiction lovers I wasn't feeling well yesterday so I ended up doing an entire re-read, by audiobook, of this gem. This is one of my very favourite historical fiction/holocaust novels and it did not disappoint. I fell in love with the first narrator, with her Scottish accent, immediately. She really made Verity come to life. It took me a little bit longer to get into the groove of the second half. At first I thought it was because the narrator for Maddy sounded too old; however, I looked them up and they are only a year apart in age. Once I got through a couple of chapters, the voice of Maddy really grew on me and I really hope that it's the same narrator for Rose Under Fire. I do have to say that the emotions are different on re-read. This time, I got teary as soon as Verity mentioned the term "Kiss me, Hardy". And, of course, teared up later on, even though I knew what was coming.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it I enjoy authors who have the ability to take the genre of historical fiction and make it something completely tangible and full of human emotion. Loved every page of this novel #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Breathtaking! This book was so beautifully crafted it had me balling at points! The beginning starts with a fascinating story of a character that you can’t help but fall in love with and the harrowing circumstance she has found herself in. But it isn’t until the second part that everything pulls together and makes sense... and makes you cry. I am probably going to read it again after I get over all the feelings I’m still experiencing. I DEFINITELY recommend this to anyone who loves historical fiction or books written from a unique perspective!
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story! Elizabeth Wein is such an incredible writer. All of her novels are just SO GOOD! This story was a pleasure to read and it made me so emotional :')
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Single Best Novel I've Ever Read I've been an avid reader since I was about seve, and I've read more books than I could possibly count, but this novel takes the cake. Now, it starts off kinda slow, and if you aren't a fan of historical fiction, you may find yourself getting bored, this happened to my friend when I recommended it to her. But if it happens to you, power through that first bit, because Elizabeth Wein's storytelling is masterful. Initially some some things may not make total sense, but the story is incredibly intriguing. Halfway through, the story changes perspectives, and there were light bulbs going on in my head, suddenly EVERY SINGLE THING made sense. I read it once, and immediately read it again, and it was almost an entirely different story, because of one little detail you figure out at the very end. Code Name Verity is an emotional roller coaster, and I have to recommend that every reader reads this at least once.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant and heartbreaking All I knew about this book, going in, was that it was about a WWII female pilot, but that it was a great story, with a great friendship. I found it a little slow-going at first, but eventually I found it extremely hard to put down. I finally forced myself to go to bed last night once I got to Part Two. Today, I finished and it just got better and better, until it SHOCKED me! This story is just brilliant, heartbreaking, and is truly a great story about real friendship. I am so glad that I read it. 5 stars!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointing too much hype and therefore, disappointed
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh it was just ok.. it had its moments of greatness... but it was also boring
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Code Name Verity Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. This book is amazing. The plot, the characters, the twists, the writing- everything about it is wonderful. And the hard stuff is brought to light. Brilliant.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK. I've read this many times since I've bought it. It makes me cry like a baby each time. It's tense and thrilling and beautiful and meticulously researched and put together. The friendship between these two women was so lovely it made me weep. I don't want to spoil the details too much, but it's truly a well-written book. I cannot recommend it enough.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Such a beautifully written book What’s it like to be a girl living in the time of World War 2? And you’ve been kidnapped as a prisoner of war? What happens when you become friends with a Nazi spy? Verity is her name and she’s a British pilot who wants nothing but to fly her planes and spend time with her best friend KittyHawk. The book is set as a diary of sorts. I always enjoy the diary structure and its insights into the writer’s world. This one was no exception. Written with a detailed explanation of her life, both Verity and Kittyzhawk write with such honest descriptions that you can’t help but feel like you’ve been transported in their world. So many details of airplanes and the like, I was rather bored and even thought that I wouldn’t finish it. Maybe because I’m not a big historical fiction fan, or maybe I was just wishing something integral to happen, but I felt all kinds of lost when the author would switch to third person and first person point of view. I don’t know if other readers felt the same but I would have to re-read certain pages to even understand who I was reading about. Overall, a wonderful book about friendship, and war Elizabeth Wein writes with a vast the knowledge of the era. One I’m sure she did an amount of extensive research on.
Date published: 2014-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. Every word. Code Name Verity explores the depths friendship, fear, humanity in a provoking novel about what it is to be a truly beautiful person. A moving story and not one I will soon forget.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong Female characters & breathtakingly exciting The Good Stuff Fresh, exciting a brilliant change of pace from what I have been reading in YA You will bawl like a little baby & that is a good thing Powerful, strong and realistic female characters that I would proud to have as a daughter Good central message of friendship So many twists and turns and excitement I never wanted to put it down - ok and I didn't that is why I am so tired tonight I literally gasped - totally unexpected moment that crushed me Really felt like I was with them on their journey, I was that emotionally invested in them Nice bibliography at the end for further historical reading Will make teens want to learn more about this period of history I can't wait to meet Ms Wein at BEA and tell her how much I loved this book - will definitely be promoting this at work, since there are always teens and parents wanting something that doesn't involve Vampires or Dystopian themes Man I wish I had a friendship like this - well without that one situation - but if I told you I would be giving you a serious spoiler!!! Ok kids I don't have the right words to express the wonderfulness of this book - go pick up a copy - you will thank me The Not So Good Stuff The writing style is jarring at first with Queenie telling her story in Maddie's voice -- but please keep with it - this story sucker punches you Favorite Quotes "It's like being in love, discovering your best friend" "I hate you, Adolf Hilter, you selfish wee beastie of a man, keeping Germany all to yourself. YOU RUIN EVERYTHING." "Paul tried desperately to translate and the driver resisted taking advice from a Slip of a Lass or whatever the French is for Slip of a Lass, I'm sure the direct translation in any language is more or less "Featherbrain," as it's what I get called whenver I'm expected not to be able do do whatever it is -fly a plane, load a gun, make a bomb - fix a car - so we lost fifteen minutes arguing." 4.5 Dewey's I picked up a copy of this at Chapters Shawnessy - no reason, just was intrigued by the description
Date published: 2013-05-24

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR Code Name Verity:"A carefully researched, precisely written tour de force; unforgettable and wrenching." --Starred Reviews, Kirkus Reviews "[Code Name Verity] is outstanding in all its features—its warm, ebullient characterization; its engagement with historical facts; its ingenious plot and dramatic suspense; and its intelligent, vivid writing." --Starred Review, The Horn Book"A fiendishly plotted mind game of a novel." --The New York Times Book Review"This heart-in-your-mouth adventure has it all: a complex plot, a vivid sense of place and time, and resonant themes of friendship and courage." --The Washington Post"If you pick up this book, it will be some time before you put your dog-eared, tear-stained copy back down. . . . Both crushingly sad and hugely inspirational, this plausible, unsentimental novel will thoroughly move even the most cynical of readers." --Booklist "[A] beautiful thriller about friendship, courage and daring at a desperate time." --The Star Phoenix"[A] story that will simultaneously rip your heart in two and then patch it back together again. The whole thing is wrought with the overwhelming love of [two] best friends. . . . when you reach the end you’ll wonder how on earth such a wonderful and clever story was ever woven together." --The Book Wars"Made up of equal parts Nancy Drew, Girl Scout and Steve McQueen, these girls show just how much they took on, and how much they were capable of doing, during the war while the men were away. . . . Suffice it to say that if you are a fan of intrigue, war and strong females. . . you will not be disappointed." --Ink and Page