By Elizabeth Wein

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In this historical thriller from the bestselling author of Code Name Verity, Stella North enters an air race competition as the only woman—and finds herself thrown into a mystery she must solve before it kills her.
When Stella North is chosen to represent Britain in Europe’s first air race for young people, she knows all too well how high the stakes are. As the only participating female pilot, it’ll be a constant challenge to prove she’s a worthy competitor. But promoting peace in Europe, the goal of the race, feels empty to Stella when civil war is raging in Spain and the Nazis are gaining power—and when, right from the start, someone resorts to cutthroat sabotage to get ahead of the competition.
The world is looking for inspiration in what’s meant to be a friendly sporting event. But each of the racers is hiding a turbulent and violent past, and any one of them might be capable of murder—including Stella herself.

Agatha Christie meets Karen McManus in this thrilling mystery, packed with adventure, intrigue, love, and betrayal, from bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth Wein.

  • A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
    A CCBC Best Book of the Year
    Horn Book Fanfare Pick
    An Odyssey Award Honor Audiobook
    A USBBY Outstanding International Book

    "A beautifully crafted novel soaring straight through the golden age of aviation into the darkening clouds of a coming war. A riveting, thought-provoking, page-turner."
    Sharon Cameron, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Light in Hidden Places
  • "Stateless begins as an exhilarating trans-continental thrill ride and ends as a poignant plea for peace and understanding in the teeth of war ... Elizabeth Wein writes a top-flying adventure!"
    Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network
  • "Elizabeth Wein does it again! You’re not going to want to miss a minute of this high flying game of cat and mouse. Stateless is simply spectacular."
    Sherri L. Smith, award-winning author of Flygirl
  • "Stateless is a soaring, immersive exploration of what it means to belong. I loved it."
    Stacey Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Downstairs Girl
  • *"Wein cleverly interweaves gripping storytelling and romance with the sobering, practical damage of combat, of growing up stateless in a disrupted world and knowing that today’s peace is fleeting."
    The Horn Book, starred review
  • * “Wein’s prose shines…highly recommended.” 
    SLJ, starred review
  • “Intrigue and danger in the air and on the ground make for an exciting read that is steeped in interwar history…. Thrilling.” 
    Kirkus Reviews
  • “[A] suspenseful murder mystery. Danger and intrigue abound in this historically accurate aeronautic adventure… a savory read.” 
    Publishers Weekly
  • Praise for The Enigma Game:

    “Even if you’re not one for “war stories,” you’ll likely get caught up in the breathless thrill-ride of Wein’s newest World War II novel. [I]ts twisty plot, multivoiced narration, and poetic prose make it fly by. It’s an illuminating historical read and a realistic depiction of the costs of war.”
    New York Times Book 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
  • * "This is historical fiction at its finest...another soaring success."
    Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • * “Compelling and emotionally taut…Wein's story of unexpected friendship and empowerment during wartime is intelligent, compassionate and thrilling."
    Shelf Awareness, starred review
  • * "A comprehensive, believable, and engaging page-turner that should not be missed."
    School Library Connection, 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."
  • "Engrossing."

On Sale
Mar 14, 2023
Page Count
400 pages

About the Author

NOVL - Author Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth Wein was born in New York City, grew up abroad, and currently lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. She is an avid flier of small planes, and holds a PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. Elizabeth is the author of Code Name Verity, winner of the Edgar Award in the Young Adult category and a Printz Medal Honor Book; Rose Under Fire, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award; and Black Dove, White Raven, winner of the Children’s Africana Book Award. Visit her online at

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About the Author

Elizabeth Wein is the holder of a private pilot’s license and the owner of about a thousand maps. She is best known for her historical fiction about young women flying in World War II, including the New York Times bestselling Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire. Elizabeth is also the author of Cobalt Squadron, a middle grade novel set in the Star Wars universe and connected to the 2017 release The Last Jedi. Elizabeth lives in Scotland and holds both British and American citizenship. She invites you to visit her online at

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