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Book Review

Publisher's Note:

Codes can carry big secrets! Throughout history, lots of good guys and lots of bad guys have used codes to keep their messages under wraps. This fun and flippable nonfiction features stories of hidden treasures, war-time maneuverings, and contemporary hacking as well as explaining the mechanics behind the codes in accessible and kid friendly forms. Sidebars call out activities that invite the reader to try their own hand at cracking and crafting their own secret messages. This is the launch of an exciting new series that invites readers into a STEM topic through compelling historical anecdotes, scientific backup, and DIY projects.…

Can You Crack the Code?

by Ella Schwartz

Overall Book Review:

This book is the perfect book to introduce the world of ciphers and cryptography. It is written in easy to understand, yet engaging text. It takes the reader through history noting examples of code makers and code breakers, such as Caesar, Morse, Freemasons, Benedict Arnold, Kryptos, Enigma, Bletchley Park, Cyber Security, etc. Along the way there are codes for the reader to try their skills and solve, culminating in one final code at the end of the book. There is a bibliography for further reading and an index for easy referencing. The text is broken up with pictures, cartoons, and relevant tangential text boxes. It is the perfect blend of history, math, science, and mystery.

This well thought-out book would be perfect for those who love to write and crack codes, along with history buffs and mystery lovers alike. Those who like National Treasure movies or the bookGeorge Washington’s Secret Six would find this book intriguing.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury Children’s Books


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Plan to have someone murdered, planned and approved assassination; someone sentenced to death; a few reports of war/attacks having occurred.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

None

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

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About the Reviewer

My favorite books are ones that change me and my perceptions of the world in a significant way. My favorite genre is probably historical fiction with biographies as a close second.