Spring '21

World War II Spy Stories

From the Set True Spy Stories

Gives readers a thrilling, behind-the-scenes look into how World War II spies gathered information for the Allied and Axis powers. Learn about the tools that daring spies used during this conflict, and how spies such as Josephine Baker and Juan Pujol risked their lives to defeat Nazi Germany. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical thinking questions, a phonetic glossary, resources for further study, and an index.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
$29.93 $20.95
$48.50 $33.95
  • Fast Facts
  • Performer and Spy
  • Listening through Walls
  • Counting Ships
  • Master of Deception
  • Singing for Secrets
  • Think About It
  • Glossary
  • To Learn More
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
  • About the Author
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Dewey 940.54
Lexile 770
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level W
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Reinforced book, Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781503844827, 9781503848504
Copyright 2021, 2021
Number of Pages 32, 32
Dimensions 6.5 x 9, 6.5 x 9
Graphics Full-color photographs, Historical photographs

A noteworthy review of True Spy Stories from Booklist on April 1, 2021

This entry in the True Spy Stories series (6 titles) begins with a bullet-pointed list of ‘fast facts,’ setting readers up with background information on WWII and spying that gives necessary context to the coming stories. From there, five chapters highlight five individual spies who played important roles in the war, for the Axis as well as Allies Subjects include famed performers Josephine Baker and Claire Phillips, and while accounts are rather brief, they each include a few specifics on how the spies learned and transferred information—by charming audience members, fitting notes into shoe heels, developing elaborate double-agent cover—which young readers will find engaging. Back matter includes discussion questions, a glossary, index, and further resources. A light but entertaining primer on the WWII spy game.

A noteworthy review of True Spy Stories from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

Each title starts off with a ‘Fast Facts’ section, giving brief background information on the particular era. It also includes spies and their tools. The writing is serious. Mini biographies of spies and their actions are included. Anna Smith Strong, a spy during the Revolutionary War, cleverly used a clothesline to communicate with fellow spies, for example. These biographies give a personal touch to the stories. Illustrations include period photographs, posters, maps, charts, etc. One photo shows the Rosenbergs, found guilty and executed during the Cold War. A ‘Think About It’ add-on asks readers for questions to further consider the subject matter. VERDICT Perfect for reports and downtime reading, these titles should prove popular among students who like spies, especially during wartime.

Author: Emma Huddleston

Emma Huddleston lives in Minnesota with her husband. She enjoys writing children's books, but she likes reading novels even more. When she is not writing or reading, she likes to stay active by running, hiking, or swing dancing.