Historical Giveaway!


Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring kicks off a new, interactive series where middle grade readers get to experience history in a whole new way.

This first book features  Mary Bowser, an African American spy who infiltrated Confederate leadership at the  highest levels. Pretending to be illiterate, Bowser evaded detection, meanwhile using her photographic memory to “copy” critical documents.

Using spycraft materials included, readers can discover and unravel clues embedded in the text and illustrations to solve the book’s ultimate mystery: where did Mary hide her secret diary?

Enter the drawing for a just-published copy by leaving a comment below. (Only North American are eligible)

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Tricia Springstubb
Tricia is the author of many books for middle grade, most recently "Every Single Second" (HarperCollins) and the third book in the Cody series, "Cody and the Rules of Life" (Candlewick Press). A frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, she lives in Cleveland OH. You can find out more about her and her work at www.triciaspringstubb.com
  1. I read a stunning adult novel by Lois Leveen last year called The Secrets of Mary Bowser. It is such a shame this remarkable woman is not a more well known historical figure. Introducing kids to her in such an intriguing fashion is fantastic!!

  2. Wow, I didn’t even know about this woman. Love to learn more:)

  3. I think my middle graders would enjoy this tremendously!

  4. Oh this sounds like a very fun read!

  5. Wow! What a fun way to access historical fiction!

  6. Sounds great! I’d love to win!

  7. Sounds like a great new way to engage kids with history. Can’t wait to see it!

  8. An intriguing way to engage teens in history. I look forward to reading it.

  9. I love historical fiction. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the give a way.

  10. This sounds great! My students love reading history in an engaging context.

  11. Sounds like a winning way to hook kids into learning intriguing and underheard stories from our past

  12. I teach U.S. history, and this would really appeal to my students!!!