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The Enigma Game

By: Elizabeth Wein

1940. Facing a seemingly endless war, fifteen-year-old Louisa Adair wants to fight back, make a difference, do something-anything to escape the Blitz and the ghosts of her parents, who were killed by enemy action. But when she accepts a position caring for an elderly German woman in the small village of Windyedge, Scotland, it hardly seems like a meaningful contribution. Still, the war feels closer than ever in Windyedge, where Ellen McEwen, a volunteer driver with the Royal Air Force, and Jamie Beaufort-Stuart, a flight leader for the 648 Squadron, are facing a barrage of unbreakable code and enemy attacks they can't anticipate.

Their paths converge when a German pilot lands in Windyedge under mysterious circumstances and plants a key that leads Louisa to an unparalleled discovery: an Enigma machine that translates German code. Louisa, Ellen, and Jamie must work together to unravel a puzzle that could turn the tide of the war? but doing so will put them directly in the cross-hairs of the enemy.

Featuring beloved characters from Code Name Verity and The Pearl Thief, as well as a emarkable new voice, this brilliant, breathlessly plotted novel by award-winning author Elizabeth Wein is a must-read.

Author's note. Further reading. Online resources.

ISBN: 9781368012584

JLG Release: Aug 2020


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Discrimination: Religious , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion , Language: Mild Language , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Language: Homophobic Slur , Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment , Violence: General , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War
Topics: Orphans , Ciphers , Jamaicans in Scotland , World War II (1939–1945) , Twentieth-century history of Scotland , Spies , Pilots , Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal, The Horn Book Magazine*

School Library Journal

In the same vein as Wein’s Code Name Verity, this World War II novel is an exhilarating and atmospheric read. Set in 1940 in a small Scottish village on the North Sea that is home to a Royal Air Force base, the narrative features alternating voices, daring action in the air, and high-stakes intrigue on the ground as a variety of young people work In the same vein as Wein’s Code Name Verity, this World War II novel is an exhilarating and atmospheric read. Set in 1940 in a small Scottish village on the North Sea that is home to a Royal Air Force base, the narrative features alternating voices, daring action in the air, and high-stakes intrigue on the ground as a variety of young people work to undermine and bring down the daunting German war machine. Fifteen-year-old Jamaican British Louisa Adair has lost both of her parents in the shelling, and must find a way to support herself while doing her bit to defeat the Nazis. Despite her losses and dislocation, Louisa keeps her flute by her side and her mother’s love of music in her heart. She lands a job in Windyedge caring for an elderly retired opera singer whose niece runs a pub near the air base. Louisa and the fascinating old woman, who is German by birth and living under a pseudonym, turn out to be kindred spirits, and eventually co-conspirators. Another teen, Ellen McEwen, hails from a family of Travellers and hides her background as she works as a volunteer driver at the base and takes on increasing responsibilities. Jamie Beaufort-Stuart, of Code Name Verity fame, appears as a 19-year-old flight leader for the 648 Squadron, flying slow and clunky Bristol Blenheim aircrafts, and is driven to desperation to keep his pilots safe and stand up to the mighty Messerschmitts. The young people’s lives and stories converge when a German pilot lands in Windyedge and leaves behind a mysterious box—an Enigma machine—and, more importantly, a key to how it works to translate German code. A lengthy “Author’s Declaration of Accountability” outlines Wein’s research and representation, and provides further reading and numerous interesting links. Just the ticket for lovers of historical thrillers and Wein’s many fans.

Horn Book

In this companion novel to Code Name Verity (re. 5/12) and its prequel The Pearl Thief (rev. 5/17), and featuring characters from both, Wein takes her turn at spinning a thriller around Germany's famous World War II Code-maker/code-breaker, the Enigma machine. Louisa, fifteen and orphaned by the war, has arrived in a tiny Scottish vil In this companion novel to Code Name Verity (re. 5/12) and its prequel The Pearl Thief (rev. 5/17), and featuring characters from both, Wein takes her turn at spinning a thriller around Germany's famous World War II Code-maker/code-breaker, the Enigma machine. Louisa, fifteen and orphaned by the war, has arrived in a tiny Scottish village to work as companion to Jane, an elderly German-born ex-detainee. Louisa is impressed by her fellow tenant at the pub, Ellen who is a volunteer driver for the local Royal Air Force base, and by Jame Beaufort-Stuart, an RAF flight leader stationed nearby. She longs to do something to help win the war, too. In a strange turn of events, a pilot working for the German resistance leaves her a key that leads to an Enigma machine and its code settings. Between them, Lousia, Ellen, Jamie, and Jane gain access to information that changes the war for Jamie's squadron, but draws German fire to their villiage. Told in the three young people's voices, this cleverly plotted drama starts out slowly but escalates thrillingly. Thematically, the novel explores hidden and visiblediversity through Louisa, whose mother was British and father was Jamaican; a Traveller who censors her own voice and vocabularly in order to "pass"; and Jane, whose German origin, if widely known, would draw suspicion and ire. In sum, it is a rich woork of historical fiction, wearing its period accuracy lightly (from the practical aspects of hot-water rationing to the features of military planes) and offering an unusual perspective on the war.

Book Details

ISBN

9781368012584

First Release

August 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

6" x 8 3/4"

Page Count

448

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Disney-Hyperion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Discrimination: Religious , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion , Language: Mild Language , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Language: Homophobic Slur , Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment , Violence: General , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War

Topics

Orphans, Ciphers, Jamaicans in Scotland, World War II (1939–1945), Twentieth-century history of Scotland, Spies, Pilots, Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom,

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Book Genres

Historical Fiction

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