Monthly Archives: July 2013

Book Review: Code Name Verity

Would you believe me if I said that this book was recommended to me by Libba Bray? It was! When I saw her at a conference a few months ago, she raved about Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

And what a book it is.

In 1943 Nazi-occupied France, a British spy plane crashes. On board are two friends – Maddie and Julie – one a pilot and one a spy. The latter is quickly captured by Nazi authorities, detained in a former hotel, and forced to write a confession detailing the British war effort. Through her confession, she tells the story of her friendship with Maddie, the pilot, and the saga that brought her to France in the first place.

I can’t say much more about the story because it’s hard to describe; there are so many layers of reality to this book. At first, it’s easy to think that this is a straight forward narrative, but before long you too will be searching for Verity – the truth.  I like the fact that there are layers to Julie’s story. Because she is writing a confession for the Germans, you are always aware that her story may not be quite as accurate as she claims. The novel is an interesting combination, being both harrowing and uplifting. The depictions of torture and war are pretty full on, but the camaraderie and sheer gumption of these two young women will have you both laughing and crying.

For anyone who enjoys books set during WWII, I highly recommend Code Name Verity. (For Year 9 +)

Happy Reading! Ms White 🙂  


Well, who’d have thought?

Welcome back to Term Three everyone! At the end of the holidays, I was intrigued to read this article about Harry Potter author, J. K Rowling.  Rowling has written a detective novel called ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ under the pseudonym (fake name) Robert Galbraith.  The book was published, and was well received in its own right. Now that everyone knows it was really Rowling who wrote the book, what do you think will happen to the sales figures of the book now? Read all about it: