Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring (Spy on History)
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: There are clues embedded in the story’s text and illustrations, and Spycraft materials—including a replica Civil War cipher wheel—come in an envelope at the beginning of the book. Use both to discover what happened to Mary Bowser’s secret diary.
Spy on History is a gripping series of true stories about spies during pivotal wars in America’s history, but as you read about their daring missions and narrow escapes, you too must work to crack a code using clues hidden throughout the book. In the front of each book is an envelope containing tools and clues you will need to search the book for more clues. Once you think you have solved the mystery, break the seal to read the top-secret pages at the end of the book. History was never more thrilling or engaging than in this series! Each story is riveting, with exciting illustrations and clever codes that require your best spy work to crack. Are you up for the challenge? Each book is 96 pages, pb. ~Rachel E.