Code Name Verity
is the intelligent, rich and lovely story of an extraordinary friendship between two young women serving England in WWII. This thriller is filled with smart spy intrigue and acts of unparalleled bravery by these strong young women. They are an unlikely pair--Maddie is a scrappy working class girl who wants nothing more than to fly airplanes. Queenie is a Scottish aristocrat, a chameleon fluent in French and German. Their tale is told primarily through the manuscript Queenie writes while she is held prisoner by the Gestapo in occupied France. She rather blithely relates incidents of her torture during interrogation--a technique which conveys the horror and cruelty without the explicit gory details. Readers not well-acquainted with WWII from the British point of view may have some difficulty keeping up with the acronyms and some historical references, but they will be richly rewarded for staying the course. As might be expected in a wartime story, deaths do occur. Language is infrequent (sh-t, b-stard, h-ll, f--k). This heart-wrenching, yet ultimately very satisfying book will appeal to teen and adult fans of both historical fiction and spy thrillers.
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