Flying Through the Night to Defeat the Nazis

New York Times - 01-11

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Elizabeth Wein has a talent for creating tough female characters who fly airplanes, fight Nazis and persevere amid the horrors of war. To create these women in her young adult novels, including “Code Name Verity” and “Rose Under Fire,” Wein conducted research — and later almost apologized for using that research to write a novel. “It pains me to admit that ‘Code Name Verity’ is fiction,” and that the characters are “not actually real people,” she wrote in an afterword to that book.