Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring introduces an exciting interactive series for middle grade readers—Spy on History, where the reader gets to experience history in a whole new way, now in paperback. Meet Mary Bowser, an African American spy who was able to infiltrate the Confederate leadership at the highest level. Enigma Alberti dramatizes Mary Bowser’s suspenseful story—how she pretended to be illiterate, how she masterfully evaded detection, how she used her photographic memory to “copy” critical documents. Using spycraft materials included in a sealed envelope inside the book, a canny reader will be able to discover and unravel clues embedded in the text and illustrations, and solve the book’s ultimate mystery: Where did Mary hide her secret diary?
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.
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Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring (Spy on History Series) based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I was contacted by the publisher because I was lucky enough to get a review copy of this on Netgalley, and they asked if I wanted a finished copy. Of course I jumped at the chance. The book itself is bound together well, has a cut out on the front so you can see through the character inside (which is a gorgeous full page illustration). The interactive elements are easy to use and really add to the story and imagination as you read this book. In the back some pages are stuck together and you have to rip the sticker to solve Mary's last mystery (I.E. the answers to using the spy kit). The illustrations add even more to the book and keep you wanting to read to find out what happens. This is the perfect book to use in school or if you have a reluctant reader that you want to read just a little bit more. 5 out of 5 stars, I would recommend this book.