by Elizabeth Wein
Doubleday Canada (Random House)
Buy from Indigo
Description: I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.
He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.
We are a sensational team.
The Good Stuff
- Fresh, exciting a brilliant change of pace from what I have been reading in YA
- You will bawl like a little baby & that is a good thing
- Powerful, strong and realistic female characters that I would proud to have as a daughter
- Good central message of friendship
- So many twists and turns and excitement I never wanted to put it down - ok and I didn't that is why I am so tired tonight
- I literally gasped - totally unexpected moment that crushed me
- Really felt like I was with them on their journey, I was that emotionally invested in them
- Nice bibliography at the end for further historical reading
- Will make teens want to learn more about this period of history
- I can't wait to meet Ms Wein at BEA and tell her how much I loved this book - will definitely be promoting this at work, since there are always teens and parents wanting something that doesn't involve Vampires or Dystopian themes
- Man I wish I had a friendship like this - well without that one situation - but if I told you I would be giving you a serious spoiler!!!
- Ok kids I don't have the right words to express the wonderfulness of this book - go pick up a copy - you will thank me
The Not So Good Stuff
- The writing style is jarring at first with Queenie telling her story in Maddie's voice -- but please keep with it - this story sucker punches you
"It's like being in love, discovering your best friend"
"I hate you, Adolf Hilter, you selfish wee beastie of a man, keeping Germany all to yourself. YOU RUIN EVERYTHING."
"Paul tried desperately to translate and the driver resisted taking advice from a Slip of a Lass or whatever the French is for Slip of a Lass, I'm sure the direct translation in any language is more or less "Featherbrain," as it's what I get called whenver I'm expected not to be able do do whatever it is -fly a plane, load a gun, make a bomb - fix a car - so we lost fifteen minutes arguing."
I picked up a copy of this at Chapters Shawnessy - no reason, just was intrigued by the description