This month's Book Club pick is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.
Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.
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.
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 the enemy?
A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called "a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel" in The New York Times, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.
Winner of the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult
A 2013 Michael L. Printz Honor Book
A 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Fiction Honor Book
Overview via Barnes and Noble
Expected publication date: January 7, 2014. See Ms. Schombs to read the galley!
I love Alexa’s character.
She’s a girl who’s lost everything—her parents, her brother—and still finds a way to keep fighting for the sake of her people in the midst of a corrupted monarchy. Alexa’s
parents were killed in a fire when she was a young teenager; afterwards, her twin brother Marcel saved her from the breeding house by chopping off her hair and enrolling them both in the army. She and Marcel quickly moved up the ranks because of their incredible swordsmanship and earned coveted spots in the Prince’s personal guard. But by living a lie as “Alex”, Alexa is in a constant identity crisis. She
is not allowed to be a girl, but she cannot suppress her feelings for Prince Damian, whose dynamic character evolves from spoiled brat to strong, courageous,
and clever—not to mention handsome—savior of them all.
But Alex’s feelings for Damian are put on hold as the fate of
their dystopian world is in her hands. She has the power to stop the most evil sorcerer the kingdom has ever known. Our valiant heroine must channel all of her cunning and grief into the quest to save her precious Damian, or the country will fall to darkness forever.
Larson balances adventure and emotion well, neither overbearing, so the reader can enjoy Alex’s physical and emotional journeys. Alex is part Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins’ The
Hunger Games and part America Singer from The Selection by Kiera Cass. Readers who enjoy mystery, adventure, and strong female characters will be engrossed in Alexa’s story from beginning to end.--Ms. Schombs, Library Media Specialist, Loyola School
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