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The Story Pirates present Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring
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?
The Story Pirates is a national troupe of actors, comedians, musicians, and teaching artists whose mission is to celebrate the words and ideas of young people. Founded in 2003 and dually based in New York and Los Angeles, Story Pirates is best known for its acclaimed creative writing programs, which have been profiled in Education Week, on NBC Nightly News, and on The Today Show.