Book Review - Top Secret Files: World War II

Spies, secret missions, and hidden facts from World War II by Stephanie Bearce.

About the Book

Top Secret Files: Spy school, poison pens, exploding muffins, and Night Witches were all a part of World War II, but you won’t learn that in your history books! Crack open secret files and read about the mysterious Ghost Army, rat bombs, and doodlebugs. Discover famous spies like the White Mouse, super-agent Garbo, and baseball player and spy, Moe Berg. Then build your own secret agent kit and create a spy code. It’s all part of the true stories from the Top Secret Files: World War II.
— from the back cover
  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: Top Secret Files of History
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press (August 20, 2014)
  • Language: English

About the Author

Stephanie Bearce is a writer, teacher, and history detective. She loves tracking down spies and uncovering secret missions from the comfort of her library in St. Charles, MO. When she isn’t writing or teaching, Stephanie loves to travel the world and go on adventures with her husband, Darrell.

What We Thought

I requested this book from the LiraryThing Early Reviewers program thinking Matt, the history buff, would enjoy it. I was really excited when I found out I would be receiving a copy and couldn't wait to pass it on to him.

He thumbed through it and said, "I already know all of this!"

I should have known. He's forever watching the History Channel and gravitates to all of the shows on WWII.

He did chime back in though and say, "You can say that it is good though, I know it all, but it is a good book."

To my surprise, Ema snatched the book up and has really enjoyed it, particularly the activities that are tied in. She's already made a little straw rocket and has been begging to head outside in the below freezing temps to make a spy obstacle course. 

I enjoyed the book too, as I found there were tidbits of history that I hadn't learned and found rather intriguing. I can't wait to add the other titles in the series to our home library. 

If you are looking for a history book to add your collection that is full of facts but not dull, I would give this one five stars.