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andlt;bandgt;The American Revolutionandlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;(1775and#8211;1783)andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;For years, the desire for freedom from Britain grew among the colonists in North America. Fighting began in Massachusetts in 1775, and finally, on July 4, 1776, thirteen colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming themselves part of a new country.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The Patriots joined the Continental Army, led by General George Washington. These included settlers homesteading in wilderness areas north and west of the thirteen original colonies. Other colonists, the Tories, remained loyal to the British.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;At first, it seemed the British would win the war. They captured New York and Philadelphia. The war spread to the Southern colonies. The Continental Army was not well supplied, and during the harsh winters, many soldiers got sick and died, and others deserted. General Washington sought the support of other countries in Europe. Benjamin Franklin went abroad, eventually convincing France, then Spain and others, to join the Patriotsand#8217; side.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Women helped on the battlefield. Many got the nickname Molly Pitcher for bringing pitchers of water to wounded soldiers. A few wanted to fight, but they had to disguise themselves as men to do so. Those who stayed home knitted socks and made shirts for the soldiers. They melted their pewter dishes to make bullets. More girls and women than we know dared to spy. They eavesdropped on conversations, gathered information, and carried secret messages directly to the army camps, relying on their wits and courage.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;The Anglo-Dutch Warsandlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;(1652and#8211;1674)andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In the seventeenth century, the Netherlands was a peaceful trading nation known as the United Provinces with one of the biggest merchant fleets in the world. The Dutch depended on their strong navy and sea trade to keep their economy stable. They sailed to their colonies in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and South America, where they traded for spices, colorful cloth, and exotic plants. The Netherlands became a wealthy empire.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;England, also a great maritime nation, wanted these trading routes, but the Dutch refused to make a deal. War was inevitable.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Three wars were fought between the navies of England and the Netherlands. At the end of the third war, England finally defeated the Dutch and gained control of the sea trade. During the second war, Charles II was king of England. While the Dutch had a good spy network, Englandand#8217;s intelligence service had become sloppy and ineffective. King Charles desperately needed reliable agentsand#8212;even if it meant recruiting a woman.

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, May 1, 2013 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
Throughout history women have played a crucial role in conflicts and wars as spies. Women experienced just as much danger as men, and sometimes they were able to flush out secrets even better than men could, because they were not suspected or were thought to be incapable of understanding the information.

In Disguise! Undercover with Real Women Spies by Ryan Ann Hunter highlights the stories of some of these heroic women and also provides a bit of history about the wars they were part of. Readers will also learn about some of the techniques used in spying over the years and learn how to try a few of them out. For instance, there are instructions on how to make a Cardano Grille and a Skytale Cipher, as well as an activity on being observant. Tidbits labeled “Spy Files” are also interesting, providing such trivia as the fact that fake tiger doo made a good hiding place for messages in the Vietnam War.

Women’s roles in the American Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars I and II as well as the Cold War are highlighted along with a few others. In Disguise! lets both moms and daughters in mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 9 to 12 learn a little history, celebrate the role that women played in it, and have some fun along the way.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781582703824
Author:
Hunter, Ryan Ann
Publisher:
Beyond Words Publishing
Author:
Little, Jeanette
Subject:
Adventure & Adventurers
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c gloss UV cvr w- no SFX; b-w int. lin
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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Children's » People and Cultures

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