Elizabeth E. Wein

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Elizabeth Wein (/wn/, born October 2, 1964) is an American-born writer best known for her young adult historical fiction.[1] She holds both American and British citizenship.


Wein's first five books recount a version of the King Arthur stories which moves the narrative to the kingdom of Aksum in 6th century Ethiopia. The stories focus on her interpretation of Medraut (Mordred) and his half-Aksumite, half-British son Telemakos.[2]

Her 2012 novel, Code Name Verity, is a World War II thriller focusing on the friendship between two young British women,[3] a transport pilot and a spy. It received critical acclaim[4] and was designated a Michael L. Printz Award Honor book in 2013. A follow-up novel, Rose Under Fire, also set in World War II,[5] tells the story of an Air Transport Auxiliary pilot who is captured and sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp.[6]

Wein's short stories have been published in collections edited by Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling, and Sharyn November.[7] She is a regular reviewer for the New York Times Book Review.[8] Wein also has a passion for planes, and she possesses a private pilot licence.



  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron (Disney-Lucasfilm Press, 2017, ISBN 1368008372)
  • Code Name Verity (Egmont UK, 2012; Disney-Hyperion, 2012, ISBN 978-1423152194; Doubleday Canada, 2012)
  • Rose Under Fire (Egmont UK, June 2013; Disney-Hyperion, September 2013, ISBN 978-1423183099; Doubleday Canada, September 2013)
  • Black Dove, White Raven (Disney-Hyperion, February 2015, ISBN 978-1423183105)[9]
  • The Pearl Thief (Disney-Hyperion, May 2017, ISBN 978-1484717165)[10]
Arthurian sequence

The Mark of Solomon in two parts, consisting of:

  • The Lion Hunter (Viking, 2007)
  • The Empty Kingdom (Viking, 2008)

Short stories[edit]

  • "Change of Heart." In From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars). Ed. Elizabeth Schaefer. New York: Del Rey, 2017.
  • "The Color of the Sky." In A Tyranny of Petticoats. Ed. Jessica Spotswood. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2016.
  • "The Battle of Elphinloan." In Taking Aim. Ed. Michael Cart. New York: HarperTeen, 2015.
  • "For the Briar Rose." In Queen Victoria's Book of Spells. Ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. New York: Tor, 2013.
  • “Something Worth Doing.” In Firebirds Soaring. Ed. Sharyn November. New York: Firebird Books, 2009.
  • “Always the Same Story.” In The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales. Ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. New York: Viking, 2007.
  • “Chain of Events.” In Rush Hour: Reckless. Ed. Michael Cart. New York: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, June 2006.
  • “Chasing the Wind.” In Firebirds. Ed. Sharyn November. New York: Firebird Books, 2003.
  • “A Dear Gazelle.” In Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine Issue 47 (2000), pp. 34–38.
  • “The Ethiopian Knight.” In Odyssey: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy Issue 7 (1998), pp. 42–46.
  • “No Human Hands to Touch.” In Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers. Ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. New York: HarperPrism, 1998; reprinted New York: Eos, 2002.
  • “The Bellcaster’s Apprentice.” In The Horns of Elfland. Ed. Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, and Donald G. Keller. New York: Roc/Penguin USA, 1997.
  • “New Year’s Eve.” In Not the Only One. Ed. Tony Grima. Boston: Alyson Press, 1995.
  • “Fire.” In Writers of the Future. Vol. IX. Ed. Dave Wolverton. Los Angeles: Bridge Publications, 1993.


  1. ^ JRank.org
  2. ^ The Horn Book
  3. ^ School Library Journal
  4. ^ New York Times
  5. ^ Egmont
  6. ^ Scottish Book Trust
  7. ^ Worlds Without End
  8. ^ New York Times
  9. ^ [1], Amazon.com. Retrieved on January 14, 2014.
  10. ^ [2],"Amazon.com". Retrieved on June 18, 2017.

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