Spies, Lies, and Disguise: The Daring Tricks and Deeds that Won World War II

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There has been a good deal written for young people about the history of World War II, of the various battles, how ships, airplanes, and tanks were moved, how decisions were made by officers running the armies. There has also been plenty about spying, but relatively little has been written for this age group about the behind-the-scenes trickery used to overcome the strong military of the Germans. The British, and to a lesser degree, the Americans used some fascinating and incredible ideas, some cooked up by famous people, to mislead the Germans. How about floating a dead body carrying plans for a fake invasion to where German sympathizers would likely find it? It worked. Or maybe use Navajo people communicating in their native language to baffle Germans with no knowledge of that unique tongue? Author Jennifer Swanson has written with a surprising amount of humor about a pretty serious time in history, but it will work well to get youngsters turning the pages. Illustrated with photos and cartoony drawings by Kevin O’Malley will keep the kids interested. This is not a book for serious scholars but will be a good introduction for kids grades four to eight.

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Author Jennifer Swanson, with illustration and photography by Kevin O'Malley
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 144 pages
Publisher Bloomsbury Children's Books
Publish Date 2019-11-26
ISBN 9781681197791
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Issue March 2020
Category Tweens


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