Waiting on Wednesday--Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein

I've only read two books by Elizabeth Wein (The Sunbird and The Empty Kingdom), but they impressed me very much with the quality of their writing and the details of their historical setting, and I fully intend to go back and read the other books of her Arthurian/Aksumite series (the first one being The Winter Prince). So when I heard that she has a book forthcoming about World War II, I was most pleased (WW II is one of my favorite settings), and added it to my list forthwith.

It is called Code Name Verity, and comes out in February in the UK, May in the US. Here's the blurb:

"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. They'll get the truth out of her. But it won’t be what they expect.

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 a merciless and ruthless enemy?"

It sounds fascinating and harrowing!

Waiting on Wednesdy is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.


  1. I am eager for this one too! Is that the UK cover, or the US? I really like it.

    I loved THE WINTER PRINCE - beautifully written, and it broke my heart (in a good way). I need to read THE SUNBIRD and the other two after that; they are perched prominently on my to-read shelf!

  2. I have the privilege of having met Liz here in Scotland, and have been geeking along with her blog posts about this book - and all of the doll outfits and clay sculpted WWII projects she's done to celebrate the book - so, so cool. She MADE A COAT. From a WWII pattern.

    The woman is scary-awesome, and so detailed and thorough in her research. The book is going to be amazing.

  3. I am also looking forward to this one. It sounds like a fascinating story.

  4. Ooh I love the sounds of this one. It's a new one for me. Awesome pick!

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  5. I am SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK. I have been since I heard about it, and I am EVEN MORE SO NOW. Also, I am a fan of the cover, which increasingly rare for YA lit these days. And it's Elizabeth Wein! How can this possibly go wrong? (Meant in a non-sarcastic and quite sincere way.)

  6. I haven't heard of this book before, but it sounds very interesting! The cover looks unique. Great choice! Thank you for sharing!

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  7. I shall definitly make time for The Winter Prince now, Deva! Thanks!

    That is a Coat indeed, Tanita. Wow! I am so impressed.

    I like the cover too!

    Thanks all of you for stopping by!

  8. omg i love books about WWII it looks so amazing!
    My WoW
    I love strong characters.

  9. I really want to read this book as well! I've read all of Elizabeth Wein's novels and I keep recommending the ones about Telemakos to fans of the Queen's Thief series but I haven't been that successful.

  10. Oh, WANT... Elizabeth E. Wein....World war 2....England... spies... harrowing adventures.


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