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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
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Code Name Verity

by Elizabeth Wein

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Series: Young Pilots (1), Code Name Verity (1)

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  1. 51
    Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (amysisson)
    amysisson: Both are about the unusual ways in which women may impact the tides of war
  2. 30
    Tamar: A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal by Mal Peet (faither)
  3. 20
    Firebirds Soaring: An Anthology of Original Speculative Fiction by Sharyn November (Herenya)
    Herenya: Firebirds Soaring contains "Something Worth Doing" (by Wein) about Theo, a pilot and minor character from Code Name Verity.
  4. 20
    Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith (rarm)
    rarm: Set on opposite sides of the pond, but both are about wartime aviatrices and wonderfully depict female friendship.
  5. 20
    Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Anonymous user)
  6. 10
    The Night Watch by Sarah Waters (ebr_aumkw, kgriffith)
  7. 00
    In The Blood Of The Greeks: Intertwined Souls Series, Book 1 by Mary D. Brooks (DanieXJ)
  8. 00
    How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (amysisson)
    amysisson: Young adults struggling to survive in war-torn England -- although different wars (one real, one fictional) in different times! These books are different, yet I really feel that if you love one, you'll love the other.
  9. 11
    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (keeneam)
  10. 00
    A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper (calmclam)
    calmclam: Both focus on girls in/around England adapting to the changing circumstances of World War II via their journals.
  11. 00
    Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Both of these historical fiction novels are fast-paced, well researched accounts detailing the lives of strong-willed female narrators who struggle with complex moral issues. Both stories are character-driven, giving these important historical events a relatable, human face and voice.… (more)
  12. 01
    Violins of Autumn by Amy McAuley (saraOm7)
    saraOm7: These are both about teenage girls working as spies in France during WWII, though one has a much happier ending than the other.
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I don't know why this must remain consigned to the kids' shelves as YA fiction. It's a jolly good adventure devastatingly told in flashback by a deliberately unreliable narrator and her best friend. I wept freely as the story came to its sad and shocking end. Fantastic stuff. Great writing, super storytelling. Unlike recent YA reads this wasn't obsessed with drugs, suicide and molestation. Rather it presents warm loving characters in extreme situations. I hope they film this and forget that it was aimed at kids. It's good enough. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
It was clever and funny and thrilling and I'm in tears. I'll be honest, I didn't always love the prose but it was just such a good story with such compelling characters. A slow burn in the very best of ways, I loved the way everything was spun out, turned around and then spun together again. ( )
  CaptainBookamir | Mar 11, 2019 |
:'( ( )
  doryfish | Mar 6, 2019 |
I cried.

For now, that's all I need to say. ( )
  Wordbrarian | Mar 5, 2019 |
Simply exquisite. The audiobook is amazing. I love this book so much that I read it every year. It’s heartbreaking and inspiring. Couldn’t recommend it more. ( )
  Iloveblue11 | Dec 10, 2018 |
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If you pick up this book, it will be some time before you put your dog-eared, tear-stained copy back down. Wein succeeds on three fronts: historical verisimilitude, gut-wrenching mystery, and a first-person voice of such confidence and flair that the protagonist might become a classic character if only we knew what to call her. Alternately dubbed Queenie, Eva, Katharina, Verity, or Julie depending on which double-agent operation she's involved in, she pens her tale as a confession while strapped to a chair and recovering from the latest round of Gestapo torture. The Nazis want the codes that Julie memorized as a wireless operator, and she supplies them, but along the way also tells of her fierce friendship with Maddie, a British pilot. Though delivered at knifepoint, Julie's narrative is peppered with dark humor and minor acts of defiance, and the tension that builds up is practically unbearable.
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Elizabeth Weinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Christie, MorvenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gaskell, LucyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manger, WhitneyDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
November, SharynEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
"Passive resisters must understand that they are as important as saboteurs." –SOE Secret Operations Manual, 'Methods of Passive Resistance'
Dedication
For Amanda

we make a sensational team
First words
I AM A COWARD. I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was. I have always been good at pretending.
Quotations
I have told the truth.
"Kiss me, Hardy!"
The soaring mountains rose around her, and the poets' waters glittered beneath her in the valleys of memory—hosts of golden daffodils, "Swallows and Amazons", Peter Rabbit. (p. 28)
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Book description
During World War II, a female civilian pilot and a female espionage agent form an unbreakable bond of friendship even as they find their lives threatened in Occupied France.
Haiku summary
Two girls, one friendship
we concealed in blood and ink.
I have told the truth.
(octopedingenue)

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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.

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