Why I liked it: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, is
The first half of the book is written by Julia while held captive in Nazi-occupied France. She hopes her writing will save her or at least prolong her time alive.
"Oh, God I am so tired. They have kept me at it all night. It is the third night I have had no sleep. Too little, at any rate. I don't recognize the people guarding me; Thibaut and Engel are all tucked up in their pensions, and von Linden is busy tormenting that screaming French girl.
I like writing about Maddie. I like remembering. I like constructing it, focusing, crafting the story, pulling together the memories. But I am so tired. I can't craft anything more tonight. Whenever I seem to stop, to stretch, to reach for another sheet of paper, to rub my eyes, this utter shit of a bastard who is guarding me touches the back of my neck with his cigarette."
The second half of the book is written by Maddie, her plane downed in France, and hoping to find her captured friend. Both girls display extreme courage in perilous situations. Their stories weave a beautiful tale of friendship and devotion.
Classroom application: The plot is full of unexpected twists and as a slightly obsessive reader of WWII literature, I would highly recommend it as an independent book pick for my students. The novel could also be used in a history class to study aviation, espionage or women's roles during WWII.
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