This book is classified as young adult, but I would strongly recommend this for an older or more mature teen due to the situations involving implied torture and cruelty. While these scenes aren't overtly graphic, the writing is powerful, allowing the imagination to fill in the dark spaces. There were times I wanted to look away and times it made my heart ache.
That being said, this is a really good story about two really good friends-Julia and Maddie; Queenie and KItty Hawk; Verity and Kate. (all the same two young women) One is a spy for the Resistance, the other a female pilot flying for the British Air Transport Auxilary. The story is told through the writings of each girl after having been shot down behind enemy lines in Nazi occupied France.
The story takes place in Britain and across the Channel in France during WW ll. This is the story of young women pilots who were used by the British Air Force to fly their fighter planes to various air fields delivering them to be armed and flown in combat by British fighter pilots. It is also a well-crafted story of espionage complete with resistance workers, spy networks, recruitment and training camps and heroic action.
I love when a book introduces me to a piece of history about which I know very little and Code Name Verity certainly does that along with delivering a very well crafted story and strong, admirable characters. And as a bonus you learn something about the origin of the ball point pen.
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