Mock Printz Countdown – Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity book cover - hands of two different people, tied together at the wristsI have told the truth. I have told the truth. I have told the truth…

So claims captured British spy, Verity, as she writes her confession of war information in a trade with the Nazi Gestapo guards for more time to live. Brought to Occupied France in WWII by her best friend and pilot, Maddie (code name Kittyhawk), Verity is captured almost immediately and detained for weeks of tortuous interrogation. She promises to provide her captors with valuable information about British war strategies in exchange for time; the first half of this harrowing tale is Verity’s account of her friendship with Maddie and their joint efforts in the Allied Forces.

The second half of the story is told by Kittyhawk, filling in the blanks of how they came to France and her efforts to locate Verity while assisting the French Resistance who are hiding her from the Nazis. From Kittyhawk’s narrative, you will learn the strength of her friendship with Verity, the lengths they will go to save each other and defeat the Nazi forces. And, if you are able to set this book down without wondering about what happens next, or can finish the story without any sadness or tears, then you just might have even greater resolve than these two extraordinary young women.