Code Name Verity
By Elizabeth Wein
Hyperion Books, 2012, 354 pgs. Young Adult Fiction
A spy’s confession to her Nazi captors after a crash landing in France grips the reader in this dark and dramatic story of two young women engaged in highly unusual roles during World War II. Who is Verity, how did she end up in Nazi hands; what is her mission and is her confession truthful? Historical fiction at its best, this young adult novel is complex and gritty with heroines who speak to the reader in unforgettable voices. The purity and intensity of friendship contrasts with the brutal inhumanity of war in this highly recommended book.
Code Name Verity won the 2013 Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Young Adult mystery and was also a Michael Printz Award Honor Book.SH