Children's LiteratureIn Super Spies of World War II, collaborating authors Kate Walker and Elaine Argaet have produced a book of biographical sketches of espionage agents that will appeal to readers with a bent for mystery. As is the case with the other five books in the writers' "Spies and Spying" series, this work is one that features a concise text, ample illustrations, and an eye for exciting details. Each of the World War II spies that are reviewed come to life as their story unfolds. In some cases, such as Eddie Chapman the double agent who helped deceive the Germans into believing he was on their side, the spies in this book survived the war through their great skills. In other circumstances, spies like British agent Noor Inayat Khan, were apprehended, interrogated, and summarily executed. The stories of these daring men and women who placed their lives in jeopardy in order to wage a secretive war are all both unique and compelling. Walker and Argaet present these stories in a fashion that will capture and retain the interest of those youngsters who choose to pick up and peruse this fine book. 2003, Smart Apple Media, Ages 10 to 14.
Greg M. Romaneck