Author: Elizabeth Wein
Publisher: Egmont Press
Publication Date: February 6th 2012
Source/Format: Bought/Finished Copy
Summary: 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.Heart wrenching. CODE NAME VERITY made me want to bawl my eyes out and, if anyone says "Kiss Me Hardy" in my vicinity, get ready to catch me as I fall to the floor to writhe in pain. The emotions running through each page were intense, during the entire book [which I read in one sitting] my heart was beating as fast a bird's wings in full flight. Reading CODE NAME VERITY is like looking out of the window of a plane hovering above the world: all you can see is beauty. And mixed with that beauty there is destruction and pain and suffering. But there is also love and happiness and friendship. Elizabeth Wein is capable of taking all of these emotions, putting these ingredients into a recipe and mixing them up into a batter of one of the most perfect cakes you have ever set eyes on, let alone tasted. I read Rose Under Fire first, and in my review I said: "Elizabeth Wein has the talent to make you feel like you are living inside her book," and I stand by that quote. CODE NAME VERITY is one of the best historical fiction novels I have ever read. There are really no words to describe how utterly perfect this book was, but I can sum up the emotions within it using only seven words: Kiss me Hardy, kiss me quick. And now I have to go and cry...
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. -goodreads
“Kiss me, Hardy!’ Weren't those Nelson’s last words at the Battle of Trafalgar? Don’t cry. We’re still alive and we make a sensational team.”