Staff Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity” tells the story of two friends, Julie and Maddie, who both get involved with the British war effort during World War II and then crash land in France. Julie gets captured and interrogated by the Nazis, and when she says she’ll tell them everything, they give her paper to write down her story.

Why I checked it out: It’s a Teens’ Top Ten award nominee this year. Plus, I liked the title!

Why I liked it: It had fun twists and turns, lots of suspense, and characters I would love to know in real life. I don’t normally go for historical fiction, but this was very well written. I also learned a lot about the roles women played in WWII. I listened to the audiobook and it was very well narrated; the characters’ accents were excellent. Parts of it were very painful to listen to due to the subject matter (I probably shouldn’t have been driving while listening to the tear-jerker parts), but the humor helped lighten the mood.

Three words that describe this book: suspenseful, heartbreaking, adventurous.

If you like this book, you might also like… “Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson, “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak, and “The Wicked and the Just” by J. Anderson Coats.

About Tricia

Spanish teacher by day, librarian by weekend. Audiobook addict and teen lit enthusiast.
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