Tears, Cheers, Pain and Courage. This novel has it all.


Queenie (aka Verity) is a spy on a secret mission in France. Maddie is the pilot who takes her to France and dropped into Nazi-occupied territory. The plane crashes, and Queenie doesn't know if Maddie survives. It doesn't take long before Queenie is captured by the Gestapo. After enduring extensive torture, Queenie relents and agrees to write a confession to her Nazi interrogators. It is a long, rambling story of love, loyalty for the Allies, and most of all her friend Maddie.

In the meantime, readers learn that Maddie is alive. She, too, writes her thoughts and tells readers about her undercover work to find and be reunited with her best friend. 

BTSYA Teen Reader (16):
Code Name Verity was a heart wrenching and heartwarming story of heroism. The characters seemed so real with their personalities and actions. Queenie is a confident Scotswoman who has more to her than I thought and so does Maddie. They both have their times of weakness but also of strength and bravery. I enjoyed the powerful female leads in this story. I loved how Code Name Verity kept me guessing and on my toes. There were so many plot twists I wasn’t expecting and sad ones too. And the ending was very heartwarming and hopeful.

As much as I like Code Name Verity, I had a hard time understanding all the concepts and routines for the aircraft. I wanted to skip those parts because, to be honest, they were boring. Someone who loves airplanes would see it differently. I suggest this for anyone 12 and up. This book would make a great gift, especially for anyone who loves airplanes.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Heartwrenching and uplifting at the same time. Readers of all ages cannot help but be moved by this amazing book.

Content Awareness Factors:

Not a con, but something to be aware of. The book is fictional, but it draws on a lot of factual content. This story is set in World War II prison camp, and the German behavior - violence, death - are incorporated into what readers read.

Type of Book:
This is a fictionalized account of spies during World War II. Although some elements are made up, the story is incredibly accurate in its depictions.
Educational Themes:

In addition to Maddie's and Verity's stories of courage in the face of unbelievable circumstances, there is also a mystery. As the story unfolds, what do you and your reader think will happen.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
13 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a compelling read that will open wonderful conversation. You talking about it will make others want to read it.

Title Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity, Book 1

Author Elizabeth Wein
Publisher Disney-Hyperion, Disney Book Group © 2012
ISBN 9781423152194
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Friendship, Historical Fiction, History - 1940s & 1950s, War
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