Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein

When her plane goes down in Nazi occupied France, a teenage Scottish spy known only as Verity has just one chance to write her confession before her captors send her off to a concentration camp.

Code Name Verity was the best read I have had all year. No contest. (Well, maybe The Devil in Silver.) I seriously just want everyone to feel how I feel when I think about “FLY THE PLANE MADDIE.” I am about to cry and I might just have to go back and re-read the book immediately.

The book is ostensibly the confession of Verity, a British spy (“I’M SCOTTISH”) who has been captured by the Gestapo. Asked to confess, she readily gives up 11 wireless codes and is eager to tell all that she can. She’s given paper and ink and begins to write–but instead of a dry listing of facts, she begins to tell the story of Maddie, a girl with a knack for mechanics and a dream of flying planes. Maddie’s dream came true when she’s enlisted to fly errands over England. There, she befriends a posh upper class girl named Queenie, and the two of them make a stupendous team.

I just can’t tell much more about the plot without revealing spoilers, so I’ll just tell you that if you’re at all interested in brave girls fighting Nazis in WWII, then you have to read this book.

“Kiss me, Hardy!”

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