The Dark Game: True Spy Stories from Invisible Ink to CIA Moles

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Candlewick Press (MA)
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5.5 X 8.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Paul B. Janeczko (1945-2019) was a poet and teacher who edited numerous award-winning poetry anthologies for young people, including A Poke in the I, A Kick in the Head, A Foot in the Mouth, and The Death of the Hat, all of which were illustrated by Chris Raschka; Firefly July, illustrated by Melissa Sweet; and The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems, illustrated by Richard Jones. He also wrote Worlds Afire; Requiem: Poems of the TerezΓ­n Ghetto; Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing; Double Cross: Deception Techniques in War; The Dark Game: True Spy Stories from Invisible Ink to CIA Moles, a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults; and Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis.


Janeczko manages to stay true to history while still keeping a lively tone.
--School Library Journal

A wealth of information in an engaging package that should find an enthusiastic audience, particularly among middle schoolers.
--Kirkus Reviews

With well-chosen subjects (including many women and African Americans who used their marginalized positions to gather information) and contagious enthusiasm for the spy world's 'tantalizing mysteries, ' this makes a strong choice for both avid and reluctant readers alike.

Provides solid details along with fascinating snippets in an easy-to-follow text in which he tells stories about his subjects and the way they were trained...provides background details and places the role of spying more particularly within the context of American history and politics.

Will appeal to anyone who is interested in spies and espionage throughout the history of our country
--Library Media Connection

Janeczko's lively writing portrays history with all of the drama and flair of a top-notch spy novel.
--SLJ Teen