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The Pearl Thief

Elizabeth Wein

In the prequel to Wein’s Code Name Verity (2012), it's 1938 and Julie Beaufort-Stuart, 15, the brash girl who grew into the brave young spy, is on her way home from Paris for one last summer at the family's Scottish estate. Finding no one at home, she heads to the river. The next thing Julie remembers is waking up in the hospital with a head injury and no memory of the last few days. Desperate to figure out what happened, she enlists the help of Euan McEwen and his sister Ellen, the Travellers who found her when she was injured. After a body is discovered and the family's heirloom pearls disappear, suspicion quickly falls on the McEwens, but Julie is determined to prove their innocence.