Friday, June 21, 2019

The Lady is a Spy by Don Mitchell - ADVISABLE

The Lady is a Spy by Don Mitchell, 223 pages. NON-FICTION. Scholastic Focus (Scholastic Inc.), 2019. $17.99

Language: PG (4 swears, 0 "f"); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG 



Virginia Hall was named at birth but lived under many aliases in her career as a spy—first for England and then for America. Though she had a prosthetic leg, Hall was athletic enough, intelligent enough, and crazy enough to take the risks needed to aid the French resistance during WWII without being captured.

This secret side of history is not one that schools often teach, and I loved being able to come to know some unknown heroes. Mitchell’s book focuses on Virginia Hall, though he goes into detail about several of her colleagues as well to show how important Hall’s work was. Besides learning amazing history, I think this book will do well for students to read because it shows that we don’t really know what we will do and where we are going to end up.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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