Oct. 11th, A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other. “Code Name Verity,” by Elizabeth Wein, is a fiendishly plotted mind game of a novel, the kind you have to read twice. The first time you just. Read Common Sense Media’s Code Name Verity review, age rating, and Author Elizabeth Wein pulls few punches as she describes the grim realities of war.
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Readers will learn a lot about day-to-day life in Britain and France during World War II, as well as details about everything from aviation to espionage. Author Wein also refers liberally to historic events the dying words of Admiral Nelson figure prominently in the story and literary works from Burns to Kipling.
Because the plot calls for foreign language translation, readers will pick up some French and German, including swear words. Strong messages of friendship, patriotism, courage, incredible resourcefulness, and doing the right thing under impossible conditions are essential to Code Name Verity. Courageous, resourceful, and pragmatic, Maddie and Queenie go to heroic lengths to help both the war effort and each other.
Author Wein excels at not only making the “good” characters complex with foibles from the comic to the life-threatening but also nzme showing the human side of the villains, e.
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Nazi torturer von Linden’s love for his daughter. Characters are shot, tortured, and killed in various gruesome ways in Nazi-occupied France, and there’s a constant atmosphere of terror. Author Wein doesn’t dwell unduly on namw details, but they’re frequent and vivid enough to make a strong impression.
It being wartime, many pilots and other characters become combat casualties. Queenie is covertly asked whether her torturers are raping her and says no.
Paul, the Resistance leader who figures in the plot, is notorious among every woman in the movement for being “such a lech.
They’re often also translated into French or German. Characters, generally adults, smoke cigarettes accurate for the era and drink alcohol. Cigarettes are sometimes used as instruments of torture and also as gifts, and cognac is used as an element of subterfuge. Author Elizabeth Wein pulls few punches as she describes the grim realities of war, the Resistance, the nasty details of Nazi torture including via cigaretteand an otherwise heroic Resistance leader who can’t keep his hands off any female within reach.
Characters face terrible dangers, and some die horribly. There are bursts of foul language “f–k,” f–king,” “s–t,” etc.
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It’sand two teen girls become best friends when their unlikely skills prove valuable to the Allied war effort. As the book begins, the two of them, pilot Maddie and spy “Queenie,” have been forced to crash-land in France.
Queenie, having fallen into the hands of the Gestapo and been tortured for weeks, strikes a bargain — information for a less painful death — and writes for the Nazis the story of Maddie, herself, and their adventures.
As the plot unfolds, nothing and nobody are entirely what they seem. Maddie, Queenie, and some of the supporting characters are unforgettable and will vverity with readers long after the last chapter has been read.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – review
With a wealth of historic and literary detail, ellizabeth well as cose unblinking look at bad things happening to good people and heroic cleverness in the face of hopelessness, Code Name Verity will appeal to many adult readers as well as teens. How do you think Code Name Verity compares with other war stories you’ve read or seen on film? How do you feel about espionage? Is it justified or not, depending on the rightness of your cause? Common Sense Media’s unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren’t influenced by the product’s creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.
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Elizqbeth of a 10 year old Written vreity rsbrandt August 22, Excellent book for mature readers I bought this book for myself after reading a strong review. I will definitely save it for my now year-old daughter, but I’ll be saving it for several Adult Written by secrets1 October 24, Very well written with many good examples of writing techniques.
Teen, 13 years old Written by Hpotter15 June 18, Like all war books, pinpointing the appropriate age to read this book is difficult.
I read this book at the age of 12 and couldn’t put it down, This is a Teen, 14 years old Written by worldwar2 October 27, As I read this book, I thought it was overhyped and that wasn’t that good. Until it shed some more light on the cruelty of war. It brings war to life in an Is it any good? Talk to your kids about Families can talk about moral dilemmas: Does Maddie do the right thing?
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