Code Name Verity

by Elizabeth Wein Year Published: YA Fiction

Admittedly, I have not finished the book. Yet.  Being a teacher is really getting in my way of reading.  All that grading and planning!  However, I find this book so intriguing that I feel like I can already recommend it.  The narration strays from the norm.  The main character has been captured by the Germans in France during WWII.  She has been tortured and has given up code sets and other information to the Germans.  The book is actually what the main character writes on recipe cards and sheets of music when divulging the information.  She writes as a narrative yet at times she references those who have captured her and what is going on at that moment.  

She repeatedly references how she is a traitor and how awful that makes her feel.  Certain specific information about where she is being held is underlined. Because of this and the name of the book, I feel like there will be a twist and perhaps she isn't giving up important information.  

I can't wait to find out! 

I have finished the book, and I stand by my recommendation.  Half way through, the narration switches to a different character and tells of the events that occur while "Verity" is held as a prisoner of war.  I don't want to say too much more, other than this is a heart-wrenching novel that poses the question "How far would you go to save your best friend?"  The answer for these two girls will stay with you for quite some time.