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Elizabeth Wein

Author of Code Name Verity

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About the Author

Elizabeth Wein was born in New York City in 1964. She went to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where she earned a PhD in Folklore and held a Javits Fellowship. Elizabeth Wein first five books for young adults are set in Arthurian Britain and sixth century Ethiopia. The Mark of show more Solomon, was published in two parts as The Lion Hunter (2007) and The Empty Kingdom (2008). The Lion Hunter was short-listed for the Andre Norton Award for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction in 2008. Elizabeth's novel for teens, Code Name Verity, published by Egmont UK, Disney-Hyperion and Doubleday Canada in 2012, is a World War II thriller in which two young girls, one a Resistance spy and the other a transport pilot, become unlikely best friends. Code Name Verity has received widespread critical acclaim including being shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, it is a Michael Printz Award Honor Book, a Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards Honor Book, and an SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Book. It is also a New York Times Bestseller in young adult fiction. She is also the author of Black Dove, White Raven. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


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The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales (2007) — Contributor — 499 copies
Demigods and Monsters (2008) — Contributor — 383 copies
The Horns of Elfland (1997) — Contributor — 122 copies
Not the Only One: Lesbian and Gay Fiction for Teens (1995) — Contributor — 59 copies
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume IX (1993) — Contributor — 51 copies
Taking Aim: Power and Pain, Teens and Guns (2015) — Contributor — 37 copies
First Light: A celebration of Alan Garner (2016) — Contributor — 29 copies
Jabberwocky (2006) — Contributor — 11 copies
Jabberwocky 2 (2005) — Contributor — 5 copies


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This is a 2024 Lone Star novel.

Stella North competes in a race with other European fliers as a peaceful example that countries can get along in 1937. Most of the fliers are male, but 19-year-old Stella holds her own. Each flier is given a handicap based on the type of plane so that everyone is evenly matched. It comes down to how well each pilot navigates to the next destination. The press avidly follows all of the fliers but, particularly, Stella. She jumps into one plane to avoid the press where the pilot representing France plans on acrobatic movements. Not the best meeting. They find themselves drawn to each other's stories. He's a bit of a mystery, for her represents France but has an American accident. They also both have the same passport, which you'll have to read the book to learn about.

The flights become life and death, as one flier dies on the first leg of the competition. Planes are also sabotaged. Why would anyone want to harm someone on this peaceful competition? The pilots learn who to trust and the novel is cat and mouse as they struggle to win the competition but to also stay alive.

I really enjoyed listening to this novel--I love the time period and the lessons about early airplanes.
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acargile | 19 other reviews | Feb 12, 2024 |
Representation: Biracial (half Black and half white) and Black characters
Trigger warnings: Death of a friend, parents and other people, fire, plane crash, military violence and war themes, World War Two, racist slur, gun violence, physical assault and injury, blood depiction, murder, explosions
Score: Six points out of ten.
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I wanted to read this for a while but never got around to doing so until now. I thought The Enigma Game was new since it was on the new titles shelf at the library. Turns out they lied; they bought it around three years ago. I enjoyed this one but if the author improved her piece of literature, it could be better. I'm not rushing to read Code Name Verity, but I'll read it if I have time.

It starts with the first character I see, Louisa Adair, living in Britain during the early 1940s with World War Two ongoing. She is desperate after losing both her parents from different causes. Louisa soon meets two new characters, Ellen and Jamie who work for the Royal Air Force or RAF. The opening pages are slow but the action picks up around part two, where I see Louisa take part in the air forces fighting off enemy aircraft, which I enjoyed reading.

There's a plot twist when a defective German soldier has a package, and inside there's a typewriter called an Enigma, which soon plays a significant role in the narrative. Thus begins Louisa and other's quest to keep the Enigma as long as they can from malicious hands. The Enigma Game shines in its enthralling plot and immersion since I could never put it down. However, it has flaws with the characters; even though I liked them, I didn't find them that memorable nor could I sympathise with them, even with Louisa's hardship. It rubs me the wrong way when a white author writes about a person like Louisa. It feels like tokenism or cultural appropriation. The multiple POVs didn't work as they were almost indistinguishable other than their names. I wonder if Code Name Verity is better.
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Law_Books600 | 11 other reviews | Feb 4, 2024 |
Excellent read. The book starts with the written confessions of a captured Scottish operative whose blabbing secrets to the Germans. Right off the bat I'm thinking "I do not like this girl". But that ends quickly as the plot twists pile up. An excellent reminder of what lengths we can go to for those we love. This is an excellent story and a must read.
tvemulapalli | 384 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
The first in a series about child spies! The POV switches from first to third person, and is the confessions of an unreliable narrator under Nazi torture. The writing is clever and effective.
Amanda_Howse | 384 other reviews | Jan 15, 2024 |



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