Harriet Tubman: Union Spy

9781634402842. ea vol: 32p. (Hidden History: Spies). further reading. glossary. index. maps. photos. websites. Red Chair. Jan. 2018. lib. ed. $26.65.
Gr 3–7—For reluctant readers of history, this set is a thrilling exposé on the secret spy history behind many famous people. Comic-style illustrations and an animated narrative tone make for a lively reading experience; photographs, maps, infographics, and vocabulary words add interest and clarity. Kids will enjoy uncovering Benedict Arnold's hidden heroism prior to his turncoat ways, as well as how secret codes, songs, and disguises were used to save lives and gain information. The range of figures and time periods covered and the accessible descriptions of complex and dangerous missions combine to produce an engaging and informative introduction to the world of espionage. The covers may not initially catch readers' eyes, but the stories within deserve a second look.
VERDICT Purchase where nonfiction graphic novels are popular.

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