In Disguise!: Stories of Real Women Spies

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Girls find strong role models in this collection of biographies of real-life women who weren't content to sit back and let events unfold as wars raged around them. These women spies — from chef Julia Child and Civil War activist Harriet Tubman to lesser-known figures in the world of espionage — chose the perilous route of standing up for their beliefs and taking action — leaving the safety and comfort of their homes to fight for the causes they believed in. Courageous and resourceful, these women often pioneered ...
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Overview

Girls find strong role models in this collection of biographies of real-life women who weren't content to sit back and let events unfold as wars raged around them. These women spies — from chef Julia Child and Civil War activist Harriet Tubman to lesser-known figures in the world of espionage — chose the perilous route of standing up for their beliefs and taking action — leaving the safety and comfort of their homes to fight for the causes they believed in. Courageous and resourceful, these women often pioneered new technologies — such as satellites, robots, and unmanned spy planes — to gather intelligence. Emily Geiger, Josephine Baker, Josepha Ortiz de Dominguez, and Eva Wu are just a few of the courageous women featured in this book. Interspersed with these exciting tales are fun activities for girls, such as how to make a spy camera, an undercover spy disguise, and invisible ink, and spy factoids on "escape and evasion" scarves, lipstick pistols, and "topoquilts" used during the Civil War.

A collection of biographies of real women who were spies throughout history and around the world, including Virginia Hall, Sarah Emma Edmonds, Josephine Baker, and Eva Wu.

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Children's Literature
Top secret tales abound in In Disguise! Stories of Real Women Spies. Written by Ryan Ann Hunter, these short biographies of 26 brave women bristle with details of their quick thinking and decisive action. In 17th century England, widow Aphra Behn spied for the king and wrote dramatic novels in her later years (activities considered quite improper for ladies). Legendary nightclub dancer Josephine Baker worked undercover for the French Resistance during World War II. Eva Wu stained her white chrysanthemum with her own blood to warn a fellow agent of nearby Chinese communists. Hunter's fast-paced stories are further enlivened with small portraits or photographs of the subjects and sidebars with spy trivia and additional secrets, including information on freedom quilts for escaping slaves and tips for changing your appearance. 2003, Beyond Words, Ages 10 up.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This collection features 26 women who spied in wartimes, from the Anglo-Dutch Wars in 1640 to the Cold War era. Harriet Tubman and Belle Boyd are discussed in the Civil War chapter. Singer Josephine Baker is included for her participation in the French Resistance. Also featured are many lesser-known women such as Leona Vicario Roo, who helped lead Mexico's revolution against Spanish rule, and France's Marthe Richer, a double agent during World War I. An introduction to each chapter briefly describes the conflict and the nature of the divided loyalties. Individual stories are prefaced by a small photo or drawing and a bit of first-person narration or fictionalized dialogue. These brief enticements are much livelier than the profiles that follow. Readers will be intrigued, nonetheless, by the bravado shown by women who risked their lives relaying vital information to their cause and were often sentenced to death for treason. Spy trivia and craft activities are interspersed throughout. The lack of an index makes this title better suited to general interest reading than for reports.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582700953
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse/Beyond Words
  • Publication date: 3/9/2004
  • Pages: 133
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2004

    History Comes Alive Through These Daring Deeds!

    As the back cover indicates, Ryan A. Hunter ¿details the lives of some of history¿s most influential women spies.¿ The authors who write under this pen name have recorded the daring deeds of these brave women in chronological order from the Anglo-Dutch Wars to the Cold War. Their introduction points out that as glamorous as this profession might be portrayed, spies can be caught, imprisoned, and even executed. The women who did undertake this profession did so for many reasons, but all were bold, resourceful, and had incredible courage. The authors explain these qualities of the respective spies well. Too little has been written about these brave women, and their place in history. This book corrected this oversight!

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