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

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

Don Mitchell is well known for his work in historical nonfiction. He has written many books, one of which being FREEDOM SUMMER MURDERS. For this book, Mitchell received a nomination for an NAACP award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work for Teens. He also was a finalist in the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature. However, Mitchell has not just written books. Don Mitchell is very involved in the United States government. He has been on the staff of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and on the staff of the National Security Council. Mitchell’s most recent book --- THE LADY IS A SPY --- comes out in March 2019, which details the life and work of Virginia Hall.

"I really enjoyed THE LADY IS A SPY. Don Mitchell manages to be thorough while never letting the story drag on."

Virginia Hall is an incredible woman. She was born in April of 1906 in Baltimore, Maryland. She was very active growing up and participated in many of her school’s activities from the school’s play to the school’s sports. Virginia Hall would grow up to become America’s greatest spy in World War II. THE LADY IS A SPY goes over both Virginia Hall’s life leading up to being a spy and her work as a spy from working in with just the French Resistance to becoming a spy for the United States in World War II and beyond.

I really enjoyed THE LADY IS A SPY. Don Mitchell manages to be thorough while never letting the story drag on. The writing is exceptional and the account of Virginia Hall’s life is absolutely captivating. The pictures in the book really help you see the story in your head and allow you to get a behind the scenes look. Not only is the book great at telling the story of Virginia Hall, THE LADY IS A SPY is great at giving the history of World War II. Many people know the basic overview of World War II, but Mitchell gives a perspective of World War II that is not seen in your average high school history class.

Another great thing about this book is simply the subject. When people think about World War II, Virginia Hall is not the first name to come to mind. THE LADY IS A SPY brings light to Hall’s brilliance along with her many accomplishments during her time in France and other places. The book gives a historical figure that young women can admire and aspire to be. Hall’s story is relatively unknown, but THE LADY IS A SPY can change that.

THE LADY IS A SPY is a great book for history nerds and feminists everywhere. I think it would be great to read this book with like-minded friends, so you can talk about it with each other.  THE LADY IS A SPY would also be great for a long road trip since the book is relatively short and you will not have a hard time finishing it. If you love learning about history --- especially hidden history and notable figures in history --- THE LADY IS A SPY by Don Mitchell is perfect for you.

Reviewed by Rebecca D., Teen Board Member on March 22, 2019

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