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Ultra hush-hush : espionage and special missions
Shapiro, Stephen, 1983-
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Annick Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps, portraits ; 28 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.8 5.0 71327.

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D810.S7 S48 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
D810.S7 S48 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
D810.S7 S48 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
D810.S7 S48 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Spies! Special Missions! Codes and Ciphers! History comes to life with 19 stories of ingenuity and intrigue from World War II.

Discover the secrets behind some of the real-life deceptions that turned the tide of World War II. Meet double-crossing secret agents like Arthur Owens (code-named Snow), who spied for both the Nazis and the British! Witness airborne assaults by daredevils such as Otto "Scarface" Skorzeny, "the most dangerous man in Europe." Smash through "unbreakable" barriers like the A-3 Scrambler, the American encryption system used to communicate with British allies!

Each spellbinding true story is packed with information sidebars, archival photographs, and full-color maps, allowing the reader to go behind the scenes of World War II and learn the secrets that outwitted the enemy.


Author Notes

Stephen Shapiro is the recipient of the Canadian War Museum History Award for his essay The Battle for Queenston Heights: A Critical Point for Canada .

Tina Forrester is a researcher and writer on a broad spectrum of subjects. Her previous works include The Millennium Time Capsule Book .

David Craig 's previous works include the dramatic illustrations in the children's book Attack on Pearl Harbor and First to Fly: How Wilbur and Orville Wright Invented the Airplane .

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. Readers who enjoy military history will welcome this overview of covert operations, commando raids, and daredevil missions conducted during World War II, the first book in the new Outwitting the Enemy series. In one- to three-page picture-text spreads, the authors introduce children to stories of such secret war operations as Britain's Double Cross System, which used double agents to feed the Germans misleading information; Italy's human torpedoes in the Mediterranean; and the Navajo Code Talkers in the Pacific campaigns. In addition to summarizing what went on during these operations, the authors lend insight into the impact these clandestine goings-on had on the turning points and final outcome of the war. Fact boxes and sidebars elaborate on the main text, and abundant illustrations, including maps, archival photographs, and full-color paintings, help make this an attractive and interesting view of behind-the-scenes history. A glossary is appended. --Ed Sullivan Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-This first installment in this series presents 19 examples of espionage that occurred during World War II. Well-known stories such as the Navajo Code Talkers and the Desert Fox are related, along with less familiar tales. For example, the authors describe the daring rescue of Benito Mussolini from imprisonment in a secluded ski resort in Italy by an SS officer named "Scarface" Skorzeny. They also detail the actions of the Brandenburg Regiment, elite German soldiers who used their knowledge of foreign languages and customs to blend into the enemy's troops. Readers will be intrigued by these tales of spies, saboteurs, and double-crossings. Full-color illustrations and black-and-white photographs add interest to the text, and the liberal use of sidebars and maps will help students understand the lengths both sides went to win the war. Terms are defined as they are used, either in boxed entries or in the glossary. An introductory time line and a map of the world at war serve as reference points for the events discussed throughout the pages. Even the most reluctant readers will find something of interest within this world of secrets.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.