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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein
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Code Name Verity (edition 2012)

by Elizabeth E. Wein

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Title:Code Name Verity
Authors:Elizabeth E. Wein
Info:Disney Hyperion (2012), Kindle Edition, 354 pages
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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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    Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (amysisson)
    amysisson: Both are about the unusual ways in which women may impact the tides of war
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    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.
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    rarm: Set on opposite sides of the pond, but both are about wartime aviatrices and wonderfully depict female friendship.
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    calmclam: Both focus on girls in/around England adapting to the changing circumstances of World War II via their journals.
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this book is brilliant! (more to come) ( )
  iShanella | Dec 2, 2016 |
Very entertaining and thought provoking. There's a lot of violence and brutality, but it ends on an optimistic note. THe narrators are excellent. This is considered as a YA book, but has a lot of dark material in that one of the characters is a prisoner of the Nazis. I would have given it 4 1/2 starts but couldn't figure out how to do that. ( )
  JBP11 | Nov 18, 2016 |
I have an abiding affection for the WWII genre. And that was the only thing that got me through this book. I almost Nancy Pearl'd it. I wasn't interested in the long passages about the airplanes and the flights and the airfields. But I persevered and got through to the Resistance and the Gestapo and that was the only way I made it through. ( )
  VictoriaPL | Nov 15, 2016 |
Whew. The level of tension maintained in this (YA??? Really?) novel was stunning; I found myself reading in a posture usually reserved for when I think my fighter plane might go down amid Messerschmidts. Which is to say-- something I'm totally unused to.

Masterful plotting, a genuine female friendship, sneaky amazing historical detail. I will have to read this over again, soon.

I think it's perhaps a little too sophisticated to be classified as YA-- which is a good thing. The references to Kipling, Burns, etc (as well as the "Kiss me, Hardy!" stuff, which I know not at all) may overestimate the YA audience I know. ( )
  jjaylynny | Nov 12, 2016 |
One word. Amazing. ( )
  pickleroad | Nov 10, 2016 |
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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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"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
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I AM A COWARD. I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was. I have always been good at pretending.
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I have told the truth.
"Kiss me, Hardy!"
The soaring mountains rose around here, 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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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...
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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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