Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Docket: Code Name Verity

Hi everyone! For the month of September, the book club that we belong to has chosen to read Elizabeth Wein’s acclaimed YA WWII novel, Code Name Verity. We have heard great things about this book and could not be more excited to get into it! At the end of the month we’ll have some sort of post discussing it, so we thought it might be fun if you join us! We’d love it if you were able to locate a copy of the book, read it along with us in September, and then join in our discussion at the end of the month. Or, if you’ve already read it (we know we were a little slow to get to this one), feel free to skip that first part and go straight to the month-end discussion of all things awesome and Code Name Verity-y. Just no spoilers on the companion novel (out September 10th in the US)! Here's the book blurb found on Amazon and Goodreads:

Oct. 11th, 1943—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 has lost the game before it's barely begun.

When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?

A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called “a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel” in The New York Times, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.

Sounds pretty awesome, no? We are EXCITED! So please join us. Have you already read this one? What other historical fiction books have you enjoyed lately?

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