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  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Liberty Letters (Book 9)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (August 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310713900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310713906
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nancy LeSourd grew up in Atlanta, Georgia during the turbulent civil rights era of the sixties, where she learned first-hand as a teenager the impact that a young person can have on history. She taught history in middle school and high school before becoming a lawyer. She currently lives with her husband, Jeff, and their children, Luke and Cate at antebellum Evergreen Farm in the Quaker community of Lincoln, Virginia, the site of the adventures of the Underground Railroad book in the Liberty Letters series. For more information, visit www.libertyletters.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on July 5, 2009
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It's been a while since a book made me stay up late at night thinking, "Just one more chapter..." Codes hidden in invisible ink, women disguised as male soldiers, capture as a spy - and all for the cause of freeing every American. Who wouldn't love Secrets of Civil War Spies by Nancy LeSourd?

Part of the Liberty Letters series, Secrets of Civil War Spies is the fictional correspondence between two young ladies: Molly, who, although she's in Confederate territory, simply cannot reconcile slavery with the gospel, and Em, whose been living life as a boy in order to escape her abusive father and make a living on her own.

Molly and Em are friends, and Molly has always kept Ems disguise a secret. But when Em joins the Union army, Molly is afraid her friend cannot possibly escape discovery - or death. Em becomes a nurse (a role primarily played by men in the 1860s), and then a Union spy. When Molly finds she can no longer support slavery, she becomes a spy for the Union, also. Eventually, Molly is arrested by the Union for - they believe - being a Confederate spy. Molly cannot tell them the truth without risking the lives of everyone else in her spy ring - ordinary citizens such as a dry goods man and a letter carrier. Fortunately, Em is stationed nearby and helps Molly escape and return home to her mother and sister.

The best part of this page turner is that it's so heavily based on fact. Molly gives aid at a home-made Confederate hospital run by Sally Tompkins; it has an amazingly low death rate for the era. Sally Tompkins was a real person who did, indeed, run an excellent hospital with only 73 deaths in four years. Molly learns how to run coded messages in invisible ink with Elizabeth Van Lew, also a real woman who ran a spy ring for the Union during the war.
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Nancy LeSourd is an author, attorney, wife, and mother of two, who lives in the Washington D. C. area. She has a B.A. in political science from Agnes Scott College, a M.A. from Tufts University in secondary education with an emphasis on American History, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. A William Robertson Coe fellow in American history, she taught American history to middle and high school students. For more information, visit www.libertyletters.com

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