Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring
Illustrated by Tony Cliff
Published by Workman Publishing Company
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.
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?
"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