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Elizabeth Wein was born in New York, and grew up in England, Jamaica and Pennsylvania. She is married with two children and now lives in Perth, Scotland. Elizabeth is a member of the Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots. She was awarded the Scottish Aero Club's Watson Cup for best student pilot in 2003 and it was her love of flying that partly inspired the idea for Code Name Verity.
This is a book that takes its readers soaring through the skies over the Simien Mountains, bearded vultures circling overhead, in an unusual and unforgettable adventure. Emilia and Teo have been flying almost since before they can walk: their mothers, Rhoda and Delia, are stunt pilots, daring young women in the early flying machines. When Delia is killed in an accident, Rhoda follows her best friend’s dream and takes them all to live in Ethiopia, the only country in Africa never to be colonised. Their idyllic life there is torn apart when Mussolini’s army invades. The history is fascinating, the descriptions of Ethiopia and the scenes in the air breath-taking, and the characters vividly alive, it’s exceptionally good. ~ Andrea Reece
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. Highly praised for Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein’s Rose Under Fire is an equally gripping story of a young female pilot’s struggle for survival in desperate conditions after she is forced down deep behind the enemy lines in Germany. Rose, a young American over in England as an ATA pilot, records her early days in the UK as she trains and forms strong friendships with the other girls. But Rose wants more action! Flying to France looks like her big break but nothing prepares her for the horrors ahead. Incarcerated in a fearsome German detention camp, Rose uncovers hidden atrocities and tests her own courage to its limits.
This is one of the most inspiring books for the YA market that we've seen for a while. The quality of the writing is so smooth and the storyline so compelling that you'll find you've got to the end in no time. The relationship between the two main young protagonists in World War Two is brilliantly drawn and the account of one of them following capture by the Gestapo draws the reader in to such a degree that you feel you're right there with her. Don't miss this one. Other titles from teen/YA imprint Electric Monkey include: Bzrk by Michael Grant (author of the Gone series) and Oliver Twisted by J.D. Sharpe.