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Spies, Lies, and Disguise

The Daring Tricks and Deeds that Won World War II


Available: 11/26/19
8.1 x 10.34 · 144 pages
Ages 9-11 years
CDN $29.99 · cl
With dust jacket

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Jennifer Swanson

illustrated by Kevin O'Malley

In the late 1930s, times were desperate. The world found itself at war again, less than twenty years after the first World War had ended. No one could quite believe it. And no one wanted it. The leaders of every country involved were left with no choice. They had to try to end the war as fast as possible, using whatever means they could.
That meant coming up with secret operations meant to deceive, deflect, and confuse their enemies. Poison the cattle that the Germans eat? Deliberately float a corpse dressed up as a spy across the water to have it wash up on Germany's shore? Create a unit of top secret commandos with a license to kill? These were all real tactics attempted with the ultimate goal of defeating Hitler. In this off-center look at history, readers will be captivated by the classified and covert efforts made by each side as they tried to gain the upper hand and win the war. Restricted access is lifted to give the reader a peek into the top secret operations of the daring men and women who fought the war under a cloak of secrecy.

Jennifer Swanson has written more than twenty books in school and library focused series for National Geographic, Charlesbridge, and various other publishers. She attended the Naval Academy, where she received in BA in Chemistry. In addition to working as a full-time writer, she is a middle school science instructor for John Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth. KEVIN O'MALLEY is the co-author and illustrator of the popular Miss Malarkey series as well as the award-winning Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude and the national bestseller Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share. He lives in Maryland. www.booksbyomalley.com