Code Name Verity (Paperback)

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I adored this book. The writing is exquisite. The story is intricate, personal and moving. This is such a different kind of World War II story, told in a compelling and beautiful way. She weaves the story of two young women thrown together by their roles in the war effort for the Allies. One is a trained spy and the other is a gifted pilot. Their friendship and courage is at the center of this story. I felt so connected that I shared their triumph, joy and heartache like I was right there with them. I found myself thinking about the war and all the amazing acts of bravery small and large that people performed. This is such an astounding and important book. I look forward to rereading it and adding it to my list of all-time favorite novels.

— From Patti H.


The beloved #1 New York Times bestseller, a "fiendishly plotted" (New York Times) "heart-in-your mouth adventure" (Washington Post), that "will take wing and soar into your heart" (Laurie Halse Anderson).

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 universally acclaimed Michael L. Printz Award Honor book, 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. Visit her at

Product Details
ISBN: 9781423152880
ISBN-10: 1423152883
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 7th, 2013
Pages: 368
Language: English