Virginia Hall is the rockstar woman we should have heard about in school. Despite her upbringing, Virginia wants to help during World War II. She leaves an impression on everyone she meets. She continues to work despite the Gestapo looking for her, and she does all this with grace, excellence, and a disability. — Necole Zemp
The Lady Is a Spy is the audacious and riveting true story of Virginia Hall, America's greatest spy and unsung hero, brought to vivid life by acclaimed author Don Mitchell. When Hitler invaded Poland, Virginia Hall was traveling in Europe. Which was dangerous enough, but as fighting erupted, instead of returning home, she headed to France.
In a country divided by freedom and fascism, Virginia was determined to do her part for the Allies. An ordinary woman from Baltimore, Maryland, she dove into the action, first joining a French ambulance unit and later becoming an undercover agent for both the British Office of Strategic Services and the US Office of Strategic Services. Working as a spy in the intelligence network, she made her way to Vichy, coordinating Resistance movements, assisting in Nazi sabotage, and rescuing downed Allies. She passed in plain sight of the enemy and soon found herself being hunted by the Gestapo. But Virginia cleverly evaded discovery and death, often through bold feats and escapes. Her covert operations, efforts with the Resistance, and risky work as a wireless telegraph operator greatly contributed to the Allies' eventual win.
About the Author
Don Mitchell is a critically acclaimed author of nonfiction for young people, including The Freedom Summer Murders, which received multiple starred reviews and was a Kirkus Prize finalist for Young Readers’ Literature, an NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Literary Work for Teens, and a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year; Liftoff: A Photobiography of John Glenn; and Driven: A Photobiography of Henry Ford. He has served on the staff of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as on the staff of the National Security Council.
Praise for The Lady Is a Spy "An intriguing, informative glimpseinto the life of a little-known figure that will appeal to fans of feminist heroes." --Booklist
"Mitchell pulls readers into Hall's story in a compelling narrative that does not skimp on facts... A well-researched, organized, and compelling nonfiction...." --School Library Journal"The breadth of Hall's missions and her undisputed heroism are on full display here..." --Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
Praise for The Freedom Summer Murders "A must-read in any young adult study of the civil rights era." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Essential." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"An eye-opening read..." --Booklist
"A timely, essential account, illustrated with contemporary photos and capped with extensive endnotes and source notes." --School Library Journal
Kirkus Prize finalist in the Young Readers' Literature NAACP Image Award nominee Cybils Award finalist