Oct. 11th, 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. “Code Name Verity,” by Elizabeth Wein, is a fiendishly plotted mind game of a novel, the kind you have to read twice. The first time you just. Read Common Sense Media’s Code Name Verity review, age rating, and Author Elizabeth Wein pulls few punches as she describes the grim realities of war.

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Characters are shot, tortured, and killed in various gruesome ways in Nazi-occupied France, and there’s a constant atmosphere of terror.

The author, a pilot herself, does ferity great job of communicating her love of flight, and her clear knowledge of planes adds verisimilitude. Code Name Verity is an outstanding novel that will stick with you long after the last page.

Code Name Verity

na,e To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I love it too much. Or rather, do you remember when the Seinfeld episode about The English Patient came out? This is an amazing story and it feels like it was written especially for me.

Having said all that, once Julie’s story began to draw to a close, I felt that the pace picked up a bit, and I started to really root for her. This could get uncomfortable.


The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential. There is a major focus on aviation in this book: Retrieved 10 October One of the things I loved about Part Two is that right from the first sentence you can tell that it is Maddie who is narrating, purely from what Julie had told us about her in Part One.

The story jumps from present to past, but I loved seeing how their relationship evolved. The Diary of a Young Girl. It is something that is impossible for us to comprehend, but this book gives a vivid flavour of what it might have been like to live in the Britain of Captured and tortured by the Gestapo – thanks to a snafu before take-off Julie finds herself carrying Maddie’s logbook and ATA papers – she becomes a modern day Scheherazade, forced to write a believable report of the organisation, defences and activities of the RAF.

If I were writing this review on paper it would be smeared all over because of my tears. View all 30 comments. We all love happy endings but there were not many of them in that war. I also happen to love books with unreliable narrators and there is always a degree of unreliability when it comes to the narrator of an epistolary novel but a spy narrating a story under duress?

We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. Queenie tells her present story in first person, but switches to third person and focuses on Maddie every time she talks about the past.


May 15, Publisher’s recommended age s: Because the plot calls for foreign language translation, readers will pick up some French and German, including swear words.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – review

When she describes her torture, her bruises, her broken heart, her fear and her guilt, I believe she is telling the truth with all my heart. As she neared the end of the nams of her ill-fated journey to France with Maddie, the reader knows that Julie’s time is almost up, and can sense the tension building.

Molly Green – book review 1 7 Dec 16, Based on 8 reviews. Views Read Edit View history. Moving into the second half, the story becomes so utterly absorbing that it is nearly impossible to put it down.

It took me so long, SO LONG to get into the book and I almost I considered giving up completely — mainly because I struggled to follow what was going on, and was confused by all the plane jargon, coded abbreviations, flizabeth between different time periods, and rambling writing style. The Library of Congress.

Code Name Verity Book Review

I am so amazing and awed by this author. Code Name Verity 2 books. View all 23 comments.