code name verity by elizabeth wein


this is my book club book for this month. It is young adult historical literature. And once I got into it could barely put it down. It takes place during WWII and it made me once again wish my Dad was still here. He was a radio operator in that war. I would have enjoyed discussing it with him and he would have enjoyed reading it.

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.   As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from a merciless and ruthless enemy? - Elizabeth Wein   UK Literary Association Award Winner Edgar Award Winner Printz Honor Book Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards Honor Book Shortlisted for the 2013 CILIP Carnegie Award Golden Kite Award Honor Book Shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Award Catalyst Book Award (East Lanarkshire County Council, Scotland)