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Children's LiteratureThe second offering of the Canadian series, "Outwitting the Enemy: Stories from the Second World War," is a fascinating foray into Allied uses of deception and resistance. Entertainingly written essays cover little known ruses (little-known because many of them were not revealed until the past decade), such as the U.S. Navy's B.J.s, or Beach Jumpers. This elite amphibious combat unit was inspired by mock British raids and championed by movie star Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., who won a Bronze Star for his combat role in it. Then again, what about the Ghost Army? These were special troops made up of actors and artists who replaced army units and specialized in tricking the Germans with inflated rubber tanks and mock artillery! The book is filled with such ruses, but also covers embarrassing mistakes, as well as information on partisan and resistance movements. The sidebars and photos are well-chosen for explicating the background of various campaigns within the overall war effort, while artist David Craig's maps and full-page illustrations add to the drama. Hoodwinked is a good choice for both history units and reluctant readers. 2004, Annick Press, Ages 10 up.