Code Name Verity (Paperback)

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"This superb World War II novel will keep readers on the edges of their
seats from the first page to the last with a harrowing and intricately
plotted tale of espionage, captivity, and survival that takes two girls
behind enemy lines and tests the capacity of their courage and the power
of their friendship. I stayed up well past my bedtime to finish this
incredible story, and stayed up even later, bowled over by the weight of
its heart-wrenching conclusion."

— Meghan G.

"I’m really glad Code Name Verity received a Printz Honor
because I thought it was too good not to. It’s about two girls (one a
pilot, one a spy) who become best friends during World War II, and it
centers around the sacrifices they each have to make. So moving I once
got teary-eyed describing it to a customer."

— Merrilee


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.

About the Author

Elizabeth Wein ( was born in New York City, grew up abroad, and currently lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. She is an avid flyer of small planes. She also holds a PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781423152880
ISBN-10: 1423152883
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: May 7th, 2013
Pages: 368
Language: English