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"Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein

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Book: Code Name Verity

Author: Elizabeth Wein

Recommended by Central Library Assistant Stephanie Fruhling

“I am a coward. I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was." So begins the story of Julie, a young British spy during World War II, and the narrator for the first part of this story. She has been captured by German Nazis and is being forced to reveal information about Allied airports and codes.  Believing she will be executed once her “confession” is complete, she stretches it out, weaving in pieces of her life and her friendship with Maddie, a British pilot. As long as she continues her story, she can stay alive. Halfway through, the story switches to Maddie’s point of view, and we learn that she and others are desperately trying to locate and rescue Julie (her code name is Verity).

I loved this book, and I usually don’t choose historical fiction. With that said, it is really the amazing characters, Julie and Maddie, who make this book such a gem to read. The author does not shy away from the horrors of war; we know Julie is being tortured.  We feel her fear, but we also witness her wit, her strength, and her courage.  I won’t tell you the desperate decision Maddie has to make near the end. You’ll need to read it to find out.

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