Elizabeth Wein was born in New York City and moved to England with her family at age 3. Her father Norman Wein, who worked for the NY City Board of Education, was sent to do teacher training at what is now Manchester Metropolitan University, where he helped organize the Headstart program there. When Elizabeth was six, her father was sent to the University of the West Indies in Jamaica for three years. She loved Jamaica and as a child became fluent in Jamaican patois. In 1973, her parents separated, and Elizabeth and her siblings went back to the USA with their mother Carol Flocken. When Carol died in a car accident in 1978, her parents raised the children. Elizabeth graduated from Yale University, spent a work-study year in England, and earned a PhD in Folklore at the University of Pennsylvania, where she held a Javits Fellowship. In 1995, she moved to England with her husband Tim Gatland, with whom she has two children, and then to Scotland in 2000. Her first five books for young adults were set in Arthurian Britain and sixth-century Ethiopia. Code Name Verity (2012) was a departure for her: it's a World War II thriller in which two young girls, one a Resistance spy and the other a transport pilot, become unlikely best friends. It was widely acclaimed, won numerous awards and was a New York Times Bestseller in young adult fiction. Rose Under Fire (2013) is also a World War II thriller. Elizabeth Wein also writes short stories and essays that have been published in various periodicals.