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Civil War Spies

Civil War Spies

by Tim O'Shei, Jan Goldman (Consultant)

Discusses the history of spying during the Civil War.


Discusses the history of spying during the Civil War.

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Children's Literature - Kathryn Erskine
Part of the "Edge Books" series for struggling readers in grades three to nine, with a reading level of third to fourth grade, this title is not designed to be a comprehensive work with a lot of detail. Instead, it provides an overview of spying during the Civil War by both sides. Either short bios tell how a particular spy managed his or her trade, or high level information gives an overview of tactics used by the Union or Confederacy, or both, including hot air balloon surveillance. The subject itself should be appealing to reluctant readers, and there is information about the Civil War and history of the era that can be absorbed painlessly. Spy facts sprinkled through the text are tangentially related to spying but have more to do with the Civil War itself. A few phrases at the beginning of each chapter point out issues that are covered, alerting the reader what to look for. There is an index, a glossary, and a list of reference sources. Reviewer: Kathryn Erskine

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Capstone Spies Series
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Tim O’Shei is the author of more than 60 nonfiction books for kids and teens. He’s also a teacher, sports and entertainment journalist, and the founder of Live! Starring … You!, a program where students interview people in the spotlight. He regularly visits schools around the country, teaching workshops and spreading his motto, “Write for your dreams.” He’s been featured on national television, including an appearance on the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum.” Tim is a native of Buffalo, New York, where he lives with his wife and three children.

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