Code Name Verity was last modified: April 11th, 2015 by Jenny Sawyer
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Title: The Hired Girl
Author: Laura Amy Schlitz
Title: Bellweather Rhapsody
Author: Kate Racculia
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Genre: Fiction (YA)
Year published: 2012
If life had gone on as it always had, Maddie and Queenie probably would have never met. But in wartime, everything is topsy-turvy. That’s why Maddie, daughter of a bike shop owner, crosses paths with Queenie, who is Scottish royalty. And good thing, too, since the two girls become fast friends—even though the same war that brought them together also seems intent on tearing them apart.
There’s not much more to say about Code Name Verity without giving away the plot twists and character surprises that make the reading of this book so completely awesome. That’s why you’ll just have to pick up Code Name Verity yourself. This wartime story of friendship, espionage, and immense sacrifice will make you ever so glad that you did.
By the time Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein made it onto my must-read pile, I’d already heard more glowing reviews than I could count. And that’s why I struggled a little when I started to read. Sure, the story—about two best friends, one a female spy, and one a female pilot, during World War II—was compelling. But the first half also offered a lot of technical information, especially about planes and wartime operations, that got me a little bogged down.
Where was the story that everyone had been raving about?
Then I got to the second half.
I don’t want to say any more, because I want you to discover the secrets of Code Name Verity—and its gorgeous tale of girl power—the way I did. The “ah-ha” moments come fast and furiously in part two. So do the moments of sorrow—but then, this is a book about war.
As I said to a friend when I finished reading: My heart is broken, and overflowing. Definitely the hallmarks of a truly exceptional book.