War Spies (Profiles Series #7)

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Six bios in one!

Profiles is so much more than just your typical biography. The next book in our six-in-one, full-color bio series will focus on war spies. Kids will learn all of the biographical information they want to know about some of the most famous spies in history. Featuring Sir Francis Walsingham, Nathan Hale, Belle Boyd, Kim Philby, Virginia Hall, and Allen Dulles. Find out how and why they grew up to be spies!

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Overview


Six bios in one!

Profiles is so much more than just your typical biography. The next book in our six-in-one, full-color bio series will focus on war spies. Kids will learn all of the biographical information they want to know about some of the most famous spies in history. Featuring Sir Francis Walsingham, Nathan Hale, Belle Boyd, Kim Philby, Virginia Hall, and Allen Dulles. Find out how and why they grew up to be spies!

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Children's Literature - Magi Evans
Say the word "spy," and many students will think of James Bond or Jason Bourne. Even very few adults are aware that spying took place as early as the eighteenth century. But Sir Francis Walsingham was a spy for Queen Elizabeth I of England, and in reading about his life, students also get a bit of British history. The lives of five other spies throughout the world and throughout history are also detailed in this collective biography, part of Scholastic's "Profiles" series. In reading about Benedict Arnold, readers find out many details about the Revolutionary War that may not be common knowledge. The author explains Benedict Arnold's descent from war hero to traitor in terms easily understood by young readers. The stories of Belle Boyd, a confederate Civil War spy, and Virginia Hall, a spy for the Allies in World War II, are sure to intrigue readers. Both eschewed conventional female roles and seemed to live for the danger involved in spying. Allen Dulles, an early director of the CIA, is credited with setting up spy networks in Eastern Europe and penetrating the security of the Soviet Union, promoting the development of the U-2 spy plane, and the controversial overthrow of two foreign leaders. The chapter on Kim Philby, a notorious British/Soviet double agent, gives readers an understanding of the Cold War and the philosophy of Communism. The final chapter is a brief conclusion, comparing the six spies to each other in terms of their reasons for becoming spies and the historical and political events that influenced them. A glossary, bibliography and extensive index are included. Portraits or photographs of the spies and their contemporaries, as well as illustrations or photos of scenes from the various wars these spies were involved in give readers a historical perspective for each chapter. The text in each chapter is broken into sections with large headings to keep readers interested, and a different colored border at the top and bottom of each page helps to differentiate the chapters, adding to its appeal for upper elementary students. Reviewer: Magi Evans
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545576550
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/26/2013
  • Series: Profiles Series , #7
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 787,459
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Daniel Polansky lives in New York as an author of adult books and a lover of history. This is his second book in the PROFILES series.
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