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Code Name Verity

by Elizabeth Wein

Rated: Moderate

Verity — not her real name, but her Special Operations codename — has been captured by the Nazis in France and is being tortured for information. As part of the deals she’s made with her interrogator, she is to write down her history: how she met her best friend and pilot, Maddie; how she came to be part of the Special Ops; and how she came to be in France.

It’s a tough confession to make: it’s not a pretty situation Verity has gotten herself into. Between the torturing and the confessing, she’s basically painted herself into a corner.

Admittedly, I’m being cagey here: there is much more to the story than a simple torture-and-confession scenario, but I don’t want to give too much away. Because a good part of the reason I couldn’t put this one down is that I didn’t know what was coming next, or even whom or what to trust. It is a unique way to tell this story (this is not your typical World War II story!), and one that ratchets up the tension in an already desperate situation.

The other reason to read this is for the voice: Verity pops off the page in a way that I haven’t seen in a very long time. It’s engaging, thrilling and heartrending to read her confession, to hear her story, and to see the world through her eyes.

In other words: it’s a brilliant book, breathing life into a well-worn time in history.

Rated: Moderate, for one f-bomb, several instances of mild swearing, and subject matter.

— Reviewed by Melissa Fox

Melissa Madsen Fox's blogging career began in 2004 when she started Book Nut. Reading, reviewing and book blogging have taken over what's left of her life after being a stay-at-home mom to four rambunctious daughters and wife to a slightly- absent-minded professor of political science.

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  • by Elizabeth Wein
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Young adult
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