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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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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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    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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    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.
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    Tamar by Mal Peet (faither)
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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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    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.
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    Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Anonymous user)
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    The Night Watch by Sarah Waters (ebr_aumkw, kgriffith)
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    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)
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    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (keeneam)
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    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.
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    In The Blood Of The Greeks by Mary D. Brooks (DanieXJ)
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    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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This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Queenie and Maddie are best friends who meet during WWII, Maddie a pilot and Queenie a secret agent. The book is written in two sections, the first through confessions by Queenie while in captivity and the second by Maddie in her journal.

A bit of a surprise, I thought I would like this book a lot more than I did. I had a hard time following along initially and once I managed to work through what was happening, I found myself a bit uninterested.

Luckily the second part of this story does pick up and I did enjoy this section better, though it felt too little too late. ( )
  amfeenstra | Sep 24, 2023 |
Even by the point that I wasn't feeling female spies in the world wars any more, I still really enjoyed this. What stuck with me were the strong and nuanced female characters and their deep friendship. ( )
  settingshadow | Aug 19, 2023 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Yes, this is another one of those books about brave women operating during World War II. However, I think there are lots of stories about that period of (relatively) recent history still to be told. Although this book is not based upon real persons, real women who carried out the jobs of the two main characters did exist. Sometimes you really can't make this stuff up.

The book starts off with the memoir of Special Operations officer Julia Beaufort-Stuart written while she was held in prison by the Nazis. Julia, usually shortened to Julie, and sometimes called Queenie, sometimes Eva Seiler and code-named Verity, was Scottish (never, never call her English) from an upper class family. She had studied at a Swiss private school before the war and thus was fluent in German and French. Because of these qualities and her training she was flown to France to head up a Resistance group aimed at destroying the Nazi headquarters where she is being held prisoner. She was tortured and gave up wireless codes for the equipment that was found in the plane that crashed just after she parachuted out of it. In return for getting her clothes back she has promised to write down all the war information that she knows. Admittedly, she really doesn't know very much but she keeps writing what is essentially the story of meeting her best friend and the pilot of the plane, Maddie. Maddie grew up in Manchester and was always fascinated by engines because her grandfather operated a motorcycle shop. When a female pilot had to make an emergency landing near where she and a friend were picnicking, she became fascinated with flying. With the assistance of the pilot she helped she soon learned to fly and had enough hours to get her pilot's licence. When war broke out she wanted to fly but instead was put to work as a radar operator in a RAF field. Julie was working at the same field as a wireless operator. A lost German pilot had to be convinced their field was in France so Julie was brought into the radar room to talk him into landing. Maddie told her what to say and Julie put it into German. Soon they were fast friends and spending what little free time they had together. Julie and Maddie were soon on to other duties but occasionally their paths crossed and they cemented their close relationship. Maddie met Julie's brother, James, a RAF pilot who crashed into the North Sea and lost extremities to the frostbite he endured before he was picked up. The second half of the book is from Maddie's point of view. She fills in what happened after her plane crashed in what is her diary written at the time. I promise you there is lots to tell.

This book was initially published in 2012 by Penguin Teen. Due to the reception it has received since then Penguin reissued it in 2022. I was actually astonished that this book was aimed at teenagers because the writing doesn't pull any punches. On reflection, I think that is probably a good thing. Today's teenagers are substantially different that I was in terms of what they have been exposed to. They probably wouldn't be impressed by a book that tried to sugarcoat events. ( )
  gypsysmom | Jul 23, 2023 |
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I was so looking forward to this. Unfortunately, I didn't like it as much as I'd hoped. The first part, Verity's version of Maddie's life, was boring. I just found it very dry. It got better in the second part when Maddie was telling her own story. I found it much more interesting and eventful.
  KizzieChristine | Jul 12, 2023 |
The tone of the narrative in this historical fiction about two women during WW2 jarred on me, particularly in the first half. The "poor cowardly me" and recollections about fairly irrelevant (at least to the Nazis) history of her friend didn't mix well with the descriptions of the horrors of the prison & the tortures seen and feared.

Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell did a fine job with the narration, but this book just wasn't for me. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wein, Elizabethprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Christie, MorvenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gaskell, LucyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jansson, CarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manger, WhitneyDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
November, SharynEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed



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"Passive resisters must understand that they are as important as saboteurs." –SOE Secret Operations Manual, 'Methods of Passive Resistance'
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.
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)
Fly the plane, Maddie.
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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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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.
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Two girls, one friendship
we concealed in blood and ink.
I have told the truth.

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