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Wein, Elizabeth.
New York : Hyperion Books, 2012

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

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 Blue Spruce Award, 2014)

Booktalk #2

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 -- Fiction.
                        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.
                        Historical fiction.

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