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Code Name Verity

Written by Elizabeth Wein

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 Adventure Stories Historical Fiction

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Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013

This is one of the most inspiring books for the YA market that we've seen for a while.  The quality of the writing is so smooth and the storyline so compelling that you'll find you've got to the end in no time. The relationship between the two main young protagonists in World War Two is brilliantly drawn and the account of one of them following capture by the Gestapo draws the reader in to such a degree that you feel you're right there with her.  Don't miss this one.

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Code Name Verity Synopsis

Two young women become unlikely best friends during WWII, until one is captured by the Gestapo. Only in wartime could a stalwart lass from Manchester rub shoulders with a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a special operations executive. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted to each other. 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. Truth or lies? Honour or betrayal? Everything they've ever believed in is put to the test...

Code Name Verity Press Reviews

'..one to buy in early 2012, when it's snowing and you want to lose yourself for a while in passionate writing with an utterly compelling story.' - Manda Scott, Historical Writers' Association 

'.. a thrill to read. Full of tension and conflicting emotions, I’ll remember this book forever.. I think this book is firstly about friendship, and secondly, but just as prominent, about a woman’s role during the war. Code Name Verity is inspiring. I loved it.' Chicklish

'Code Name Verity is one of those rare things: an exciting – and affecting – female adventure story.' - The Guardian

‘This is a remarkable book, which had me horrified and totally gripped at the same time, and although it is billed as a Young Adult title, don’t be put off - it is a very grown-up story.’
-  Daily Mail

'This is one of the best books I've read. Ever.' Bookwitch

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Book Information

ISBN: 9781405278423
Publication date: 6th February 2012
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Publisher: Electric Monkey an imprint of Egmont Childrens Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 464 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
Topics: Adventure Stories, Historical Fiction

About Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth Wein was born in New York, and grew up in England, Jamaica and Pennsylvania. She is married with two children and now lives in Perth, Scotland. Elizabeth is a member of the Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots. She was awarded the Scottish Aero Club's Watson Cup for best student pilot in 2003 and it was her love of flying that partly inspired the idea for Code Name Verity. Photo Credit David Ho 2018

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