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: This hardcover library edition does not include any removable spy tools; a canny reader will unravel clues embedded in the text and illustrations to solve the book’s ultimate mystery and experience history in a whole new way.
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.
"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