Violins of Autumn
By Amy McAuley
Walker, 2012. 326 pgs. Young Adult
After lying about her age,
Betty has become a Special Operations Executive, alias Adele, and
parachutes into France to serve as a courier for the French resistance.
Adele has been well-trained but at the same time, nothing can quite
prepare someone for the dangers of spying on and opposing the Germans,
and Adele, who has been isolated and lonely for most of her life, isn't
prepared for falling in love or even forming friendships with her fellow
I really liked this book! It's similar to Code Name
Verity, but I actually liked it better. There's a good
mixture of adventure and suspense, with a little bit of romance. Adele's
a great, well-developed protagonist, and supporting characters are
great as well. Highly enjoyable.