Code Name Verity

Publisher: Doubleday Canada
The book The New York Times called "a fiendishly plotted mind game of a novel" is now available in paperback!
     Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during the Second World War. One is a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat; one is a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly, and before long they are devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war. The story begins in "Verity's" own words, as she writes her account for her captors.


PRAISE FOR Code Name Verity:

"A carefully researched, precisely written tour de force; unforgettable and wrenching." --Starred Reviews, Kirkus Reviews
"[Code Name Verity] is outstanding in all its features—its warm, ebullient characterization; its engagement with historical facts; its ingenious plot and dramatic suspense; and its intelligent, vivid writing." --Starred Review, The Horn Book

"A fiendishly plotted mind game of a novel." --The New York Times Book Review

"This heart-in-your-mouth adventure has it all: a complex plot, a vivid sense of place and time, and resonant themes of friendship and courage." --The Washington Post

"If you pick up this book, it will be some time before you put your dog-eared, tear-stained copy back down. . . . Both crushingly sad and hugely inspirational, this plausible, unsentimental novel will thoroughly move even the most cynical of readers." --Booklist 

"[A] beautiful thriller about friendship, courage and daring at a desperate time." --The Star Phoenix

"[A] story that will simultaneously rip your heart in two and then patch it back together again. The whole thing is wrought with the overwhelming love of [two] best friends. . . . when you reach the end you’ll wonder how on earth such a wonderful and clever story was ever woven together." --The Book Wars

"Made up of equal parts Nancy Drew, Girl Scout and Steve McQueen, these girls show just how much they took on, and how much they were capable of doing, during the war while the men were away. . . . Suffice it to say that if you are a fan of intrigue, war and strong females. . . you will not be disappointed." --Ink and Page