Crack the Code

Crack the Code

Review: How I Became a Spy by Deborah Hopkinson

The Lit Review Crew received this book from the author as an ARC and I am so happy to be able to share this book with the world.

I gave this book four stars. The mystery, the quotes, the codes, and the characters were all strong and well-developed.

Here is what I enjoyed:

  • The different kinds of codes
  • The time period and setting-World War II London with mention of France
  • Combination of fictional and historical figures
  • Heroic dogs
  • Sherlock
  • Intense beginning
  • SOE Manuel

My favorite quotes:

“I wasn’t thinking about becoming a spy that night.”

“I feel like this poor fruit: bruised and battered, but not yet fallen.”

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data…One begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”

If you are looking for a fun mystery with a strong historical fiction aspect, look no further.

Happy reading!

I am a middle school English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher.

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