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Friday, June 6, 2014

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Reviewed By: A.T.
Meet Maddie, or is it Queenie? These two girls are both fighting for the British in WWII when one of them is captured in France on a top secret undercover mission. First, you will never guess how she got caught! I couldn't believe it myself! That aside, she is able to tell her story to the Nazis who have been torturing her for military secrets. The longer she talks, the longer she lives. How can she betray her country and her people like that?? Next, you get the story of the pilot and her struggles after her plane is downed in France on the same mission. These two girls tell the tale of bravery in the face of impossible odds, and how true friendship can last a lifetime, no matter what the cost.
Why I Picked it Up: This was highly recommended to me, and then it popped up on the 2015 Abe nominee list.
Why I Finished It: I'm not usually a historical fiction reader, but this one got my attention. Also, I listened to this on audio book, so the two main characters who were Scottish and British had GREAT accents in the audio book, which only lead to me wanting to listen longer.
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who likes historically accurate fiction. WWII is usually a big draw for history buffs, and this book has a great twist to it and no sugar coating.

**Librarian Side Note** I know it was already mentioned above, but seriously, give this audio book a try! We have multiple copies of the book in the Abe display, including a copy of the book on CD. You won't be disappointed!

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