NONFICTION

The Lady Is a Spy: Virginia Hall, World War II Hero of the French Resistance

288p. bibliog. index. notes. photos. Scholastic. Feb. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780545936125.
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Gr 6–9—A detailed, thoroughly researched, and engaging story about Virginia Hall, a much-forgotten but vitally important figure in U.S. and British history. Hall served as a spy, first for the British and then for the Americans, aiding the French Resistance in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Mitchell pulls readers into Hall's story in a compelling narrative that does not skimp on facts. There is plenty of historical detail given as context, to frame Hall's life as a spy, but also to inform readers about life in occupied France and give a fuller picture of the war. This book includes a thorough bibliography filled with primary and secondary source material, detailed endnotes, and photo credits. The author also included lots of primary source information and quotes from Hall's niece, Lorna Catling.
VERDICT A well-researched, organized, and compelling nonfiction read for middle schoolers.

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