The Enigma Game
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.
JLG Release: Aug 2020
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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
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6" x 8 3/4"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
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
Orphans, Ciphers, Jamaicans in Scotland, World War II (1939–1945), Twentieth-century history of Scotland, Spies, Pilots, Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom,