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Children's LiteratureTop 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.