Friday, April 24, 2020

Spies, Lies and Disguise by Jennifer Swanson - OPTIONAL

Spies, Lies and Disguise: The Daring Tricks and Deeds that Won World War II by Jennifer Swanson, illustrated by Kevin O’Malley, 132 pages.  Bloomsbury, 2019.  $22.  Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG  



Fifteen different stories are summarized in this nonfiction account about World War II.  The chosen chapters revolve around little known operations that helped win the war.  Some of the topics cover the Code Talkers, different spy missions, Operation Mincemeat, Bletchley Park, and the plans behind D-Day.  

What a great idea, but the writing style is condescending.  I enjoyed the compilation of the many ways the Allies worked at winning the war but could not get over the tone and voice of the author.  She asks a ton of questions and uses phrases that are patronizing.  She also downplays the horrid nature of war and Hitler, while trying to be witty, but just comes off disrespectful.  Cool pictures, great premise, poor execution.  I do think there’s pieces of information that teachers could use and present in a better way to their students.  

Reviewer, C. Peterson      

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