Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
audiobook read by Lucy Gaskell and Morven Christie
The spy known officially as "Verity" begins her story by confessing that she has always pretended to be heroic. Yet, when captured by the Gestapo behind enemy lines, the narrator freely admits that she, under pressure of captivity and torture, promptly betrayed wireless codes, details about Great Britain's homeland security and airfield defenses, and more.
In bits and pieces, scribbled away on scraps of paper, a story emerges. But the story is not the one that the Nazis thought they were getting.
Code Name Verity isn't just blazingly fabulous historical fiction for teens, featuring two strong and capable girls. There is also action, suspense, and plenty of twists in the unreliable narrative. This is a story of friendship, choices, and--no matter what Verity says--this is a story of courage.
Descriptions of violence, treachery, and torture are intense but not graphic--much is left to the imagination of the reader.
Very highly recommended for readers ages 12 to adult.
And yes: there's no sex in this book. No romance at all, in fact (although the companion book forthcoming in September 2013 promises a bit of romance). However, Code Name Verity is bound to be controversial, so we're including it on the list as a book our readers will want to know and share.