Code Name Verity by
Elizabeth Wein tells the tale of Verity, a secret agent
captured in enemy territory during WW II, who trades an
intricately woven confession to her Nazi captors in
hopes of prolonging her life. In flashbacks
she tells the story of her friendship with Maddie, a
pilot who is her best friend, whom she believes died in
the wrecked fuselage of their downed plane. An
experienced pilot herself, Elizabeth Wein creates
a realistic portrayal of the relationship between
Maddie Brodatt, a British civilian pilot during WW II
and her best friend Queenie, a wireless operator and
spy. In part one Queenie, code named Verity, has been
captured by the Nazis and is trading a hand written
confession including what she knows about the British
war effort, in order to postpone her inevitable
execution. Assuming that Maddie died in the crash of
their plane over France, Queenie primarily writes
about the development of their friendship. Part two
is Maddie's "accident report." Unbeknownst to Queenie,
Maddie survives the crash and spends the last part of
the book attempting to rescue Queenie from her captors. Code
Name Verity is
a Michael L. Printz honor book. (Sharon Nehls for the Colorado
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. They'll get the truth out of her. But it won’t be what they expect. (Booktalk by New Hampshire Flume committee)
|SUBJECTS: Women air pilots --
Air pilots -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Nazis -- Fiction.
Espionage -- Fiction.
Insurgency -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- 1936-1945 -- Fiction.
France -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945 -- Fiction.