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Spy on History

Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring

Enigma Alberti, Tony Cliff (Illustrator)

Hardcover

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Description

Your Mission: Find Mary’s secret diary using spycraft stools to uncover hidden codes!

It’s a true story of bravery: Mary Bowser was an African American spy for the Union who worked as a maid in the mansion of Confederate Jefferson Davis. From hair-raising close calls when she almost gets caught to how she uses her photographic memory to “steal” top secret documents. Mary’s story reads like a gripping novel.

It’s a mystery to solve: There are clues embedded in the story’s text and illustrations, and Spycraft materials—including a replica Civil War cipher wheel—come in an envelope at the beginning of the book. Use both to discover what happened to Mary Bowser’s secret diary.
 



Praise For Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring

"A gripping story that offers a window into a pivotal time in U.S. history and puts a face to a little-known figure." — Publishers Weekly

"A thrilling read for lovers of history and mystery." — Shelf Awareness

"Structurally immersive, feminist friendly, beginner's chapter book focused on equality, female empowerment, freedom, and overcoming odds."  — Bust.com

"This innovative interactive history book is sure to fascinate young would-be spies and detectives."  — A Mighty Girl

"Alongside it being a great story, this will rise to the challenge to any curious-minded wannabe spies." — Black Girl Nerds

"Sometimes, a very special book comes along that allows your mind, and the kids' minds, to actively exercise and expand while tromping through a story and learning some history. Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring...is one such book." — Geek Dad

"This is a great introduction for Civil War buffs-in-the-making, young biography fans, and kids who are just learning to appreciate thrillers as a genre." — The Bookworm Sez

 

Workman Publishing Company, 9780761187394, 96pp.

Publication Date: December 13, 2016



About the Author

Enigma Alberti is the nom de plume of a secret cadre of authors who are each writing a book in the Spy on History series.


Tony Cliff is the author and artist behind the New York Times bestselling Delilah Dirk graphic novel series.