Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein. Wein’s young adult novel, narrated partly by a Scottish spy captured by the Nazis in 1943 France and partly by her pilot best friend, is the story of two girls brought together by an insane war. Intelligence officer “Verity” and airwoman Maddie tell how they came to crash in the French countryside, with spy Verity falling into the hands of the Gestapo. Darkly witty and devastatingly emotional in its depiction of a young friendship more intense than most romances, it most definitely does not make concessions to a younger audience. The book is vibrantly detailed and tackles the spy experience from the angle of what happens when tradecraft becomes a desperate bargain for survival.Read about the other entries on the list.
Code Name Verity also appears on Lenore Appelhans's top ten list of teen books featuring flashbacks and Lydia Syson's list of ten of the best historical novels for young readers.