Spy on History: Anna Strong and the Revolutionary War Culper Spy Ring
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: Spy on History: Anna Strong and the Revolutionary War Culper Spy Ring
Author: Enigma Alberti & Laura Terry
Series: Spy on History
Major Themes: American Revolution, Mysteries, Puzzles, Spies, Spying
Synopsis: After her husband’s imprisonment for spying, Anna Strong takes over the job the British thought he was doing.
A few years ago I read the Spy on History book titled Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring. We all enjoyed it so much, both the story and the puzzle hidden within the pages of the book, that when I found Anna Strong and the Revolutionary War Culper Spy Ring, in the same series, I knew we wanted to read it. And we certainly enjoyed it! When I first opened it, I suddenly realized I had read about a dozen pages, and I really didn’t have time for it. I read it aloud to the children later, and they were just as drawn in as I had been. This is quite a fascinating story, and it also has a puzzle built in, although with the ecopy we received we really couldn’t solve the mystery. We’ll have to get a hard copy one of these days!
The story begins with Anna Strong’s husband being arrested by the British in New York on suspicion of being a spy for the Americans. What they didn’t know was…they had left the real spy behind! When would they discover the truth? When Mr. Strong and the children fled for safety after his release, would Anna and the baby be safe as they stayed behind to take care of the house?
The ways Anna worked out to gather information, and get it to General Washington were very interesting to read about. Sometimes she was in a lot of danger, and other times there was humor. There was always tension, as she worked hard for a cause she believed in.
The historical note at the end really adds to the book. I always like to know how much of a work of historical fiction is true. This book is a great addition to a study of the American Revolution, and it is also great for children who love to solve puzzles. If it is as good as the Civil War book I mentioned earlier, it is really good. A couple of my teenagers spent a couple of hours apiece working out the codes and ciphers in that one.
I received a free ecopy of this book from NetGalley and chose to write a review.
Read Aloud—Ages 8 – 12
Reading Independently—Ages 8 – 12, 10 – 12, 12 – 15
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Keywords: American Revolution, Mystery, Puzzles, Spies, Spying