Young Pilots

Black Dove, White Raven

Em and Teo are the children of stunt pilots Rhoda and Delia, who perform daring aerobatics to appreciative audiences. But while the sight of two girls wingwalking – one white, one black – is a welcome novelty in some parts of the USA in the 1920s, it’s an anathema in others. Rhoda and Delia dream of living in a world where neither gender nor ethnicity determines their life. When Delia is killed in a tragic accident, Rhoda is determined to make that dream come true. She moves to Ethiopia with her daughter, Em, and Delia’s son, Teo.

Em and Teo adapt to scratching a living in a strange land, and feel at home here; but their parents’ legacy of flight and the ability to pilot a plane places them in an elite circle of people watched carefully by the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie, who dreams of creating an air force for his fledgling nation. As Italy prepares for its invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, Em and Teo find themselves inextricably entangled in the crisis — and they are called on to help.

In the tradition of her award-winning and bestselling Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein's eighth novel is another thrilling and deeply affecting story that explores the bonds of friendship, the resilience of young pilots, and the strength of the human spirit.



  • Children's Africana Book Award, 2016
  • Shortlisted for the 2016 Scottish Children's Book Award
  • Longlisted for the 2016 UK Literacy Association Award
  • Nominated for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Award



Rose Under Fire

Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women's concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women, including a once glamorous and celebrated French detective novelist whose Jewish husband and three young sons have been killed; a resilient young girl who was a human guinea pig for Nazi doctors trying to learn how to treat German war wounds; and a Nachthexen, or Night Witch, a female fighter pilot and military ace for the Soviet air force. These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive.

In this companion volume to the critically acclaimed novel Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein continues to explore themes of friendship and loyalty, right and wrong, and unwavering bravery in the face of indescribable evil.


  • Schneider Family Book Award Winner
  • Josette Frank Award Winner
  • Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor Book
  • Golden Kite Award Honor Book
  • Shortlisted for the UK Literary Association Award
  • Shortlisted for the Costa Award (Children's)
  • ABA Indies Choice Award Honor Book (Young Adult)
  • Audie Award Finalist (Teen)

Links to interviews and guest blog entries in connection with Rose Under Fire appear below.


2014 Boston Globe Horn Book Award Honor Speech

Character Interview with Lisette Romilly for Shae Has Left the Room, 12 Sept. 2014
Authority and Authenticity: Guest Post for The History Girls, 29 Dec. 2013
Bearing Witness: An Interview with Playing by the Book, 12 Sept. 2013
Interview and Review for Sarah Laurence’s blog, 5 Sept. 2013.
Interview with Audiofile Magazine, 1 Aug. 2013.
Guest blog for The Hive, 31 July 2013 : "Poetry and Survival."
"Ask the Author" Blog interview for The Independent, 26 July 2013.
SchoolZone (Reading Zone) interview, 17 June 2013.
First Look with Sue Corbett for Publishers’ Weekly, 13 June 2013


Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity cover art

When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.  They'll get the truth out of her.  But it won’t be what they expect.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from a merciless and ruthless enemy?

Harrowing and beautifully written, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that reveals just how far true friends will go to save each other. The bondage of war will never be as strong as the bonds forged by the unforgettable friendship in this extraordinary tale of fortitude in the face of the ultimate evil.


  • UK Literary Association Award Winner
  • Edgar Award Winner
  • Printz Honor Book
  • Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor Book
  • Shortlisted for the 2013 CILIP Carnegie Award
  • Golden Kite Award Honor Book
  • Shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Award
  • Catalyst Book Award Winner (East Lanarkshire County Council, Scotland)