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The Enigma Game (Hardcover)

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The Enigma Game is told from three different perspectives: Jamie Beaufort-Stuart, a RAF flight leader who is dealing the loss of many soldiers, Louisa Adair, a Jamaican-English orphan who lands a job taking care of a strong German woman, and Ellen McEwen, a volunteer and Traveller. They come together around the first Enigma decoding machine and a shared desire to help in a war that feels so hopeless. Weir does a great job relaying the horrors of war and the racial and sexist discrimination of the time period while simultaneously bringing in hope through the unlikely friendships. — Shannon (RBB Staff)

— From The Enigma Game


#1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Wein delivers an exhilarating, unmissable thriller that finds three very different young adults united to decode a secret that could turn the tide of World War II.

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 remarkable new voice, this brilliant, breathlessly plotted novel by award-winning author Elizabeth Wein is a must-read.

About the Author

Elizabeth Wein was born in New York City, grew up abroad, and currently lives in Scotland. She is an avid flyer of small planes. She also holds a PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. Visit her at

Praise For…

* "this is historical fiction at its finest...another soaring success."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "gripping.... Readers will enjoy The Enigma Game as a standalone thriller or as a prequel to Wein's 2013 Printz Honor book Code Name Verity...The Enigma Game furthers Wein's streak of excellent historical fiction."
--BookPage, starred review

* "cleverly plotted...a rich work of historical fiction."
--The Horn Book, starred review

"exhilarating and atmospheric.... Just the ticket for lovers of historical thrillers and Wein's many fans."
--School Library Journal

"dramatic and informative"
Product Details
ISBN: 9781368012584
ISBN-10: 1368012582
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2020
Pages: 448