“Careless talk costs lives”

Code Name VerityCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow!! This book deserves all of the rave reviews I have seen. It is a powerful story of two young women (one English and one Scottish) taking part in the fight against Germany in WWII. It has a unique approach to the storytelling and at times is a little baffling. This will require a quite sophisticated teen to stay committed to reading through some of the enigmatic story. But the reward for that commitment and persistence is overwhelming.
It is difficult to discuss the book without presenting spoilers. Suffice it to say that there are spies and pilots and Gestapos and Resistance fighters and loving friends!
I was reminded of the book Tamar by Mal Peet. It would be a great unit for a high school literature or history unit to read both of these novels about the Resistance efforts in many occupied nations during WWII. Tamar is Dutch and Code Name Verity is French. Throw in The Book Thief and you could discuss situational ethics for an entire semester!!!

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