Friday, June 14, 2013

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein

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Book Excerpt

Published: 2012
Publisher: Hyperion
Genre: Historical, YA
Hardback: 343 pages
Rating: 5

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Oct. 11th, 1943 - A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.

When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?

A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called "a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel" in The New York Times, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.

Code Name Verity
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- page 301


My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): drat drat double drat and blast

A challenging and exceptional read, indeed. It is one of those books that stumps you in the end and then makes you want to re-read it to catch things missed. I read this book earlier in the year and it is only now that I can fully appreciate how good it is.

I like this book cover version better...

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  1. I've heard about this one! Looks fabulous!

  2. I love books that you can read over and over again and always feel like you learned something new.

  3. I've had this on my wish list for a little while now. It does look like my kind of read.

  4. I loved this book, and when I finished, I passed it on to my daughter, who loved it too. It's one that I would re-read for sure.

  5. I'm dying to read this one -- I've heard nothing but swoony things about it. I'm with you on the cover preference -- the first one made me think it was a religious book!


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