Elizabeth Wein is best known for her historical fiction about young women as aviators in World War II, including Code Name Verity (Hyperion, 2012), which won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America and became a Number 1 New York Times bestseller in 2020. She has lived in Scotland since 2000, where she learned to fly and gained her private pilot's license at the Scottish Aero Club. Since then, flight has inspired many of her young adult novels, and her nonfiction about women in aviation, A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II (Balzer + Bray, 2019), was a Finalist for YALSA's Excellence in Non-Fiction Award in 2020. Her most recent novel for young people, The Enigma Game (Penguin Teen, 2020), is a World War II thriller about three very different young people working together on a remote Scottish air force base.
Although it is her wartime fiction that launched her career as a novelist, Elizabeth's earlier books and her short stories dabble in the realm of fantasy and Arthurian myth. She was thrilled to be invited to write the middle grade companion novel for Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi. The result, Cobalt Squadron (Disney Lucasfilm Press, 2017), tells the story of the Tico sisters, Rose and Paige, as they battle injustice in a decrepit fleet of Resistance bombers.
Elizabeth has a PhD in Folklore & Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania and is a regular reviewer for the New York Times Book Review. She grew up in England, Jamaica, and Pennsylvania, and now holds both American and British citizenship. She is married to games developer Tim Gatland and they have two grown children.
Find her at www.elizabethwein.com, @ewein2412 on Twitter, ewein2412 on Instagram, and elizabeth.wein on Facebook.