Review : Two of the most talked about books of 2012

Both Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater were two of the most talked about, reviewed and awarded books from 2012. Both of these titles are now available on our Award Winning YA Fiction Kindles. 

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  • Title: Code Name Verity
  • Author: Elizabeth Wein
  • Series: No – stand alone
  • Genre: Historical (World War 2)/Adventure
  • Available from the library: Yes (Kindle)

Code name VerityFirst sentence: “I am a coward. I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was.”

Synopsis: 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.”  From Good Reads

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“A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called “a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel” in The New York Times, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.” Indie Bound.

“Both crushingly sad and hugely inspirational, this plausible, unsentimental novel will thoroughly move even the most cynical of readers.”  Booklist (starred review)

“A carefully researched, precisely written tour de force; unforgettable and wrenching.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This intricate tale is not for the faint of heart, and readers will be left gasping for the finish, desperate to know how it ends.” School Library Journal (starred review)

“Surely if a book about a tortured girl suffering in captivity, can make you, at times, laugh out loud, it has to be a stunning novel”  Aiman A. The Guardian

Code Name Verity has won the 2013 Michael L. Printz Honor Book  and the 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and the 2013 Golden Kite Honor. It is shortlisted for the 2013 Carnegie Medal.

The scorpio races

  • Title: The Scorpio Races
  • Author: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Series: No stand alone
  • Genre: Mythology/Adventure
  • Available from the library: Yes (Kindle)

The Scorpio races

First sentence: “It is the first day of November and so, today someone will die.”

Synopsis: The Scorpio Races take place on the tiny, fictional island of Thisby. The races happen at the start of every November. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen and only one rider can win. From author website.

Read the reviews

 “If “The Scorpio Races” sounds like nothing you’ve ever read, that’s because it is. The capaill uisce (water horses) are exhilarating, frightening creations, far more fascinating in their quivering, carnivorous rage than lovelorn vampires or angsty fallen angels, the current paranormal darlings of Y.A. literature. Stiefvater has successfully plumbed lesser-known myths and written a complex literary thriller that pumps new blood into a genre suffering from post-“Twilight” burnout.” Jennifer Hubert Swan Librarian for New York Times

“To say that The Scorpio Races is unique is an understatement. It is truly one of a kind, and it is truthfully and without a doubt like no other book out there. Think about it: how many stories have you read about man-eating horses? It is a story about the relationship between horse and rider, but it’s not just for the Saddle Club crowd. Far from it. Maggie Stiefvater’s beautiful writing brings the characters to life, and makes the reader care about them in a way that makes this novel unforgettable.”  Review by Sarah Inside a Dog

Read a preview of the book here.

Awards: the Michael L. Printz Award Honor, 2012, ALA Notable Books for Children, 2012, The New York Times Notable Childrens’ Books of 2011, School Library Journal’s Best Books of the year 2012, Finalist, 2012 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature, YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012, Grand Prix de L’imaginaire 2013 – Best Foreign Teen Novel.


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