You guys... I'm so excited to share this post! It's no surprise (and you can/are encouraged to spy on my previous posts) that I'm a huge Workman Publishing fan. I've found, and they're known for, their inspiring, motivating, sometimes quirky (we love quirky!), educational, and innovative books. All things this author-book loving-homeschooling mom 100% digs! So when I was asked if Kidliterati would participate in the SPY ON HISTORY blog tour, I jumped at the chance.
(::🔍Spy Clue:: Sleuths who read to the end of this post could very well be rewarded!)
This book is amazing. I'll just get that out of the way. I can see my kids reading it multiple times (isn't that the ultimate book test?). Check this out:
Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring introduces an exciting interactive series for middle grade readers—Spy on History, where the reader gets to experience history in a whole new way.
Meet Mary Bowser, an African American spy who was able to infiltrate the Confederate leadership at the highest level. Enigma Alberti dramatizes Mary Bowser’s suspenseful story—how she pretended to be illiterate, how she masterfully evaded detection, how she used her photographic memory to “copy” critical documents.
Using spycraft materials included in a sealed envelope inside the book, a canny reader will be able to discover and unravel clues embedded in the text and illustrations, and solve the book’s ultimate mystery: Where did Mary hide her secret diary?
Author: Enigma Alberti is the nom de plume of a secret cadre of authors who are each writing a book in the Spy on History series. (::🔍Spy Clue:: Can you use your sleuthing skills to figure out the true identities of these Enigma Alberti authors?)
Illustrator: Tony Cliff is the author and artist behind the New York Times bestselling Delilah Dirk graphic novel series. Find more on Tony at www.tonycliff.com and @TangoCharlie on Twitter.
My 10-year-old daughter, Sierra, and I have so enjoyed adventuring along with Mary through her story and working to crack her codes with the super cool spy supplies provided in the sealed envelope at the start of the book (we haven't gotten to the top secret envelope at the end of the book yet, but we're working diligently to earn opening it!). In fact, we're so into it, our spy skills have been on extra high alert... Every other page we'll catch something that could be a clue... No spoilers here, but we're having a blast! Also, I'm loving introducing my daughter to Mary's strength, wit, and bravery as an African American woman (and former slave) spying on the Confederacy during the Civil War and getting to highlight this story during Black History Month.
For the blog tour I was asked to answer this question (::🔍Spy Clue:: Super, sneaky sleuth I am, I talked someone else into answering it!): If you could go back to anytime or place in history, where would you put your spy skills to use?
Sierra: "I'd go back and spy during the Revolutionary War." When asked why, she answered, "Because, duh, I'm obsessed with Alexander Hamilton."
Enter below for a chance to win 3 super awesome Workman books!
1. SPY ON HISTORY by Enigma Alberti
2. WHO WINS? by Clay Swartz
3. BOSS BABES by Michelle Volansky
Be sure to check out the rest of the SPY ON HISTORY blog tour stops (::🔍Spy Clue:: There are more potential rewards to be found at these locations too!):
Previous blog stops:
Middle Grade Mafia
A History of Books & -This Kid Reviews Books
Teen Library Toolbox
Ex Libris Kate
Today's stop: Kidliterati
Tomorrow's stop: Kristi’s Book Nook