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"I was eager to get into action, but at the same time I was nervous. I'd seen from my training that so many things could go wrong. The detonators could fail. The cable connections could fail. We might be spotted by a passing patrol. The thought of all the things that could go wrong terrified me, and I had to work hard to try and keep myself calm, taking lots of deep breaths and telling myself that all my hard training would see me through and make this operation succeed."
Violet Debuchy[2]

Codename Céline is the fifty-third book in My Story. It is Jim Eldridge's eleventh book for the series, and his first to feature a female protagonist. The book was published on September 3, 2015 and was the only new book in the series' second relaunch. It was followed by Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan in 2020.

Seventeen-year-old Violet Debuchy joins the Special Operations Executive (SOE) to go undercover in occupied France during World War II.

Book description[]

""You never stop feeling scared. But you just have to remember what you're doing it for. We have to win this war."
It's 1944, and London is under attack. After her mother is killed by a bomb, 17-year-old Violet is desperate to do her bit for the war effort. She leaps at the chance to join the Special Operations Executive and is given a new undercover identity: Céline. Dropped into occupied France to help the Resistance, Céline finds herself in the heart of the fight against the Nazis. Will she be able to keep her nerve and complete her mission before it's too late?


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Historical Note[]

Six months after the D-Day landings, France was finally liberated from Nazi Germany. The war continued on in Europe until the Nazis surrendered on 7 May 1945. The Special Operations Executive (SOE), known as "Churchill's Secret Army," operated in countries occupied by the Axis powers. More than 400 agents were sent into France from May 1941 to August 1944. Many of those who survived the war experienced being "caught, tortured, and imprisoned in the notorious death camps." In 1991, a memorial was unveiled in Valençay, France. It was dedicated to the 91 men and 13 women SOE agents who gave their lives to the cause. Another memorial was unveiled in 2009 on the Albert Embankment in London.


Main article: List of Codename Céline characters


Main article: Jim Eldridge

Jim Eldridge is a children's, young adult, and adult author of over one hundred novels. He also worked as a radio, film and television screenwriter. Eldridge is the author of twelve books for the My Story series, including The Trenches, Armada, Flying Ace, Spy Smuggler, Desert Danger, Roman Invasion, The Sweep's Boy, Pyramid of Secrets, Standing Alone, Dodger!, and London Stories. Codename Céline is Eldridge's third book about World War II and his only to feature a female protagonist.



  • The cover uses a photograph credited to Erik Khalitov and licensed from Getty Images.


See also[]

My Story

The Hunger | Voyage on the Great Titanic | The Crystal Palace | Blitz | My Tudor Queen | Twentieth-Century Girl
The Great Plague | The '45 Rising | Civil War | Trafalgar | The Trenches | Battle of Britain | Mill Girl | Transported
Armada | Crimea | Bloody Tower | Indian Mutiny | Zulu War | Mayflower | Agincourt | Suffragette | Waterloo | Slave Girl
Flying Ace | Anne Boleyn and Me | D-Day | Victorian Workhouse | Spy Smuggler | Desert Danger | War Nurse
U-Boat Hunter | The Queen's Spies

1st relaunch

Princess of Egypt | Pompeii | Road to War | Roman Invasion | Viking Blood | Highway Girl | Sophie's Secret War
The Storm to Come | The Sweep's Boy | The Fall of the Blade | Pyramid of Secrets | Factory Girl | Dodger!
No Way Back | Wartime Princess | London Stories | Berlin Olympics | Lady Jane Grey | Nowhere to Run

2nd relaunch

Codename Céline

3rd relaunch

Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan | Ignatius Sancho | Princess Sophia Duleep Singh | Mary Prince

My Royal Story

Victoria | Anastasia | Cleopatra | Marie Antoinette | Elizabeth | Mary, Queen of Scots | Henry VIII's Wives

My True Story

What If They Find Us? | Hero at Dunkirk | Standing Alone | Give Us the Vote!

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