This is a great day here at Recreational Scholar. It’s the first time we’ve been included in a Book blog tour! You’ll have a chance at winning a pack of books including Spy on History, Who Wins? And Boss Babes all from Workman Press. I’m putting a raffle copter at the bottom of this post (fingers crossed that it works)
My part of this endeavor includes answering the question:
“If you could go back to any time or place in history, where would you put your spy skills to use?”
Because I am above all us a West Wing geek, I’ll quote Leo here-
Leo McGarry: I fought a jungle war. I’m not doing it again. If I could put myself anywhere in time, it would be the Cabinet room, on August 4, 1964. When our ships were attacked by North Vietnam in the Tonkin Gulf. I’d say, “Mr. President… don’t do it. Don’t consider authorizing a massive commitment of troops and throwing in our lot with torturers and panderers, leaders without principle and soldiers without conviction; no clear mission, and no end in sight.” This war is at home. The casualties are in our prisons, and not our hospitals. The amount of money the American government is spending in Colombia is the exact same amount American consumers are spending buying drugs from Colombia, we’re funding both sides of this war and we’ll never win it that way.
We’re studying American History/Government this year, and I have a fantastically long reading list somewhere. ( I promise I’ll get it up there during Summer break- pinky swear)
Anyhow, Mary Bowser was a real person who lived in the South during the Civil War, and she was a real life spy. This book tells a story about Mary, a slave working in the Confederate White House during the Civil War. As part of her duties, Mary sees coded documents on the president’s desk. She can read (unusual for a slave) and has a photographic memory, and over time begins decoding the messages she sees and sending information back to the Union. I read this back in May and held the review until closer to the book release.
The cool thing about this book is that by 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?
This is in my top ten of American History living books for Middle-Grade students.
It’s out now so enter below to win, or if you can’t wait until the drawing on Feb 28 you can order it from your library or Amazon-
Author: Enigma Alberti is the nom de plume of a secret cadre of writers who are each writing a book in the Spy on History series.
Illustrator: Tony Cliff is the author and artist of the New York Times bestselling Delilah Dirk graphic novel series.
No purchase necessary. Contest begins February 7, 2017 at 12pm EST and will close on February 28, 2017 at 11:59pm – no entries will be considered after 11:59am EST on 2/28/16. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older in order to participate, entrants under 18 must be able to provide a contact email for their parents in the event that they win. Entrants must live in the USA or Canada in order to win. RecreationalScholar will never contact you or use your email address for any reason. If you are the winner of the contest, we may need to reach out to you, but only once to arrange delivery. All email addresses and other submitted information will be deleted once the prize is mailed out. If you win, we will contact you to arrange delivery of your prize, if you are under 18, we’ll ask to speak to one of your parents. If we do not receive a response within 5 days, we will choose another winner. There will be ONE (1) winner, selected at random. The prize will be mailed within 5 days of winning. This contest is sponsored by RecreationalScholar and the prize has been generously provided for free by Workman Publishing. Contest subject to cancellation without selecting a winner at any time. RecreationalScholar is not responsible for lost, stolen, or broken prizes.
Prize Pack Includes: (1) copy of “Spy On History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring” (1) copy of “Who Wins? 100 Historical Figures Go Head-to-Head and You Decide the Winner” and (1) copy of Boss Babes
Total Retail Value of Prize: 3 items, $36.90.