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A playlist inspired by Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity, curated by friend of The Piebrary and YA blogger Shae!

Shae has this to say:

Code Name Verity is one of my favorite books. It follows two young women at the height of WWII. One is an English pilot with the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary) and the other is a Scottish spy. There’s sneaky spy stuff and dreamy flights over England and literally death-defying trips through occupied France and interrogations in Gestapo prisons and air raids and everything you could ever want. The writing is gorgeous, the friendship between the two main characters is full of unconquerable love and girl power, and the story makes me cry every time.

For the playlist, I decided to start out modern to get in a couple songs that describe the relationship between Maddie and Verity, then I jumped the list back to songs the girls might actually have listened to in their own time or songs that were in the style that was popular in the 1940s. Some of the songs are straight-up war songs (“Bugle Call Rag,” “Obey Your Air Raid Warden”), some would have been popular among civilians and soldiers alike (Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, etc.), some were picked to reflect the different locations within the book, and the last four are there to make anyone who has already read the book bawl their eyes out.