American Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy
Publication Date: February 20, 2007
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The intriguing story of one of America’s first spies—a woman!
Born in 1725 in the American colonies, Patience Wright discovered her talent for art at an early age. As an adult, she joined her sister in a wax-sculpting business and later moved on her own to England. There, Patience became a spy for the colonies, hiding messages in the sculpted busts she sent to her sister’s waxworks in America. Here is the story of a woman who lived an extraordinary life, full of art and intrigue. Patience Wright is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Pegi Deitz Shea is the author of many books for young readers, such as Liberty Rising: The Story of the Statue of Liberty. She lives in Connecticut.
Bethanne Andersen has illustrated several acclaimed books for children, including Seven Brave Women. She lives in Boise, Idaho.
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