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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. This hardcover library edition does not include any removable spy tools; a canny reader will be able to unravel clues embedded in the text and illustrations to solve the book's ultimate mystery: Where did Mary hide her secret diary?

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