July 20, 2012

Code Name Verity

by Elizabeth Wein
ages: 14+
First sentence: "I am a coward."
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Things this book is:
A World War II book.
A book about friendship, between two young women, specficially.  Funny.
A book about torture.
A book about the Resistance.
A book about women pilots.
A book about things a person will do to save their skin.
An amazing example of voice. Seriously, the characters leap off the page.
Unputdownable. (Yeah, I know. Still, it fits.)
Freaking awesome.

Things this book is not:
Trite.
Another Holocaust book.
Boring.

In other words: if you haven't yet read this story about Maddie and Verity, and been captivated by their story, you are missing out.

And yes, it really is just as good as "they" all say.

3 comments:

Miss K said...

I just finished this a few days ago and I adored it!

Melissa Mc (Gerbera Daisy Diaries) said...

On my Nook -- next in the queue!!!!

Anna said...

Well said! I've read many WWII novels, but I've never read one that was snarky and funny, so that made it unique for sure.