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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein


Book Summary

Verity is a WWII spy who has been capture by the Gestapo. Through her interrogation, she reveals some guilty, bitter secrets, as well as details about her past, including her friendship with her best friend, a female pilot.

Book Review

The narrative is a bit complex, jumping around in time and assigning multiple names to the same characters. In the beginning, it feels like historical fiction that leans toward action-adventure, and then the plot takes on a thriller tone. It's a unique story and difficult to categorize. This is a clever and complex tale; the kind you want to re-read after you've finished so that you can appreciate all the details you missed as you zoomed through the action-packed pages the first time through.

Note for advanced readers: some mature content

Class structure recommendation: Independent Reading

Book club possibility - readers will want to talk about it! - but difficult to manage spoilers for readers at different paces

Code Name Verity book cover
Code Name Verity

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • WWII
  • Friendship and Loyalty
  • Strong Female Characters
  • Rebellion
  • Pilots
  • Spies

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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