Code Name Verity, Book 1

Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Plot-twisting, heart-wrenching, unforgettable WWII story.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 13+

Gripping historical fiction

I read this book because I love reading children's and young adult literature. Plus I teach middle school. I have two boys (11 and 13). There are mature themes here, so I would recommend this for kids 13+. In addition to a gripping story, kids will learn something about the time period. Characters are not perfect- more realistic.

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age 15+

A Woman's View of World War 2

The story keeps you captive from page one! Two women from different parts of the UK working together to help the war effort. The only cringe worthy thing that made me grind my teeth was the continuous sniping at the English by the Scottish character. Obviously the author was racist based on false history. i.e. Culloden. Why does she think culloden was the English fault? To hate a country based on rubbish was so annoying. Germans, Dutch, Welsh, English and mainly Irish and lowland Scots were against the highlanders. So to blame the English is typical Scottish hate. Apart from that the book was good. But not good for UK relations.

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For kids who love historical fiction and strong female characters

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