Grades 7+


Code Name Verity

By Elizabeth Wein

2012- Disney Press

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 Nazis, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's given 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 wreckage of their plane. But how many of Verity’s confessions are true and is the truth enough to save her life?

Keywords: Aviation, Diary, Friendship, Pilots, Prisoners of War, Resistance, Women-at-war, WWII, 1940s


The Lie Tree

By Frances Hardinge

2015- Macmillan

A Victorian mystery with a dash of eerie magic. Fourteen-year-old Faith Sunderly's father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a tree that only bears fruit if you whisper a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, will deliver a hidden truth to the person who consumes it. The bigger the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered. Faith realizes she is good at lying and that the tree might hold the key to her father's murder, so she begins to spread untruths far and wide across her small island community. But as her tales spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter… Keywords: Britain, Fathers and Daughters, Gender Roles, Magical Realism, Mystery, Naturalists, Science, Trees, Truth and Lies, Victorian Times, 1800s


The Game of Love and Death

By Martha Brockenbrough

2015- Arthur A. Levine Books

For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence unsuspecting humans. And Death has always won. Always. Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance? Meet Flora Saudade, an African-American girl who dreams of becoming the next great pilot by day and sings in smoky jazz clubs by night. Meet Henry Bishop, born a few blocks and a million worlds away, a white boy with his future assured—a wealthy adoptive family in the midst of the Great Depression, a college scholarship, and all the opportunities in the world available to him. The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone’s guess.

Keywords: Aviation, Romance, Love, Death, Destiny and Fate, Great Depression, Jazz, Race Relations, 1930s