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When Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, Virginia Hall was traveling in Europe. Which was dangerous enough, but as fighting erupted across the continent, 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, MD, she dove into the action, f When Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, Virginia Hall was traveling in Europe. Which was dangerous enough, but as fighting erupted across the continent, 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, MD, she dove into the action, first joining a French ambulance unit and later becoming an undercover agent for the British Office of Strategic Services. Working as part of the intelligence network, she made her way to Vichy, coordinating Resistance movements, sabotaging the Nazis, and rescuing Allied soldiers. She passed in plain sight of the enemy, and soon found herself at the top of their most wanted list. But Virginia cleverly evaded discovery and death, often through bold feats and daring escapes. Her covert operations, capture of Nazi soldiers, and risky work as a wireless telegraph operator greatly contributed to the Allies' eventual win.


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When Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, Virginia Hall was traveling in Europe. Which was dangerous enough, but as fighting erupted across the continent, 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, MD, she dove into the action, f When Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, Virginia Hall was traveling in Europe. Which was dangerous enough, but as fighting erupted across the continent, 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, MD, she dove into the action, first joining a French ambulance unit and later becoming an undercover agent for the British Office of Strategic Services. Working as part of the intelligence network, she made her way to Vichy, coordinating Resistance movements, sabotaging the Nazis, and rescuing Allied soldiers. She passed in plain sight of the enemy, and soon found herself at the top of their most wanted list. But Virginia cleverly evaded discovery and death, often through bold feats and daring escapes. Her covert operations, capture of Nazi soldiers, and risky work as a wireless telegraph operator greatly contributed to the Allies' eventual win.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alice-Elizabeth

    I don't understand why this book hasn't been promoted more. I loved reading about the life of Virginia Hall and her brave, courageous actions during The Second World War as a spy to the French Resistance. She also had one of her legs amputated and wore a prosthetic leg throughout her time working and travelling through Europe. I liked the use of images with the text, it opened up my interest more into the story. The writing style worked well for me. I learnt a lot of new facts and can't recommen I don't understand why this book hasn't been promoted more. I loved reading about the life of Virginia Hall and her brave, courageous actions during The Second World War as a spy to the French Resistance. She also had one of her legs amputated and wore a prosthetic leg throughout her time working and travelling through Europe. I liked the use of images with the text, it opened up my interest more into the story. The writing style worked well for me. I learnt a lot of new facts and can't recommend this read highly enough!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Dobrez

    How can a story about a great female spy bore me to tears? I had to give up on this one. Convince me to continue.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Hunnicutt

    Thanks to Scholastic Press for sharing this book with KidLitExchange for me to review! This book is already available for purchase. All opinions are my own. This was a nice non-fiction account of an American who risked her life, time and time again to help the people of France be free from the Nazis. Virginia Hall was born to a wealthy family in America but loved to travel. She started out joining a French ambulance unit. She was first only a courier but began taking on more and more responsibilit Thanks to Scholastic Press for sharing this book with KidLitExchange for me to review! This book is already available for purchase. All opinions are my own. This was a nice non-fiction account of an American who risked her life, time and time again to help the people of France be free from the Nazis. Virginia Hall was born to a wealthy family in America but loved to travel. She started out joining a French ambulance unit. She was first only a courier but began taking on more and more responsibilities as she learned more about the operations. She trained and served as a wireless telegraph operator as well, which was something that usually men only did. This was very dangerous work, if an enemy plane was flying overhead, they could pick up your transmission and bomb you! She coordinated resistance movements throughout the French countryside, even volunteering to return AFTER THE GESTAPO KNEW WHO SHE WAS! She was super brave and determined. She was almost caught a few times but seemed to have a knack for knowing who to trust. After the war, she got a job at the C.I.A., where she was constantly overlooked in promotions due to her gender. She also got married to a fellow spy, whom she met in France. The coolest thing I found was that she did all of this with one foot! Virginia was in a hunting accident before the war started in Europe. They were hunting in a really remote swamp area when she accidentally (and literally) shot herself in the foot. By the time they got her to the hospital, they had to amputate her foot. This never stopped her and people said you really couldn’t even tell that she had a prosthetic. She was a pretty inspirational person and seemed to remain humble about her accomplishments. She didn’t want any fame or notoriety after the war ended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Graham Page

    Even though this is aimed at a younger reader, the title caught my eye as I was walking past some stacks at the library and I had to pick it up. It was well researched, full of intrigue and adventure - and it's all true. A truly remarkable woman who overcame many odds and managed to work as a spy for both the British and the Americans. Even though this is aimed at a younger reader, the title caught my eye as I was walking past some stacks at the library and I had to pick it up. It was well researched, full of intrigue and adventure - and it's all true. A truly remarkable woman who overcame many odds and managed to work as a spy for both the British and the Americans.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    I checked this book out from the library several weeks ago. Fortunately for me, I didn't make time for it until after I had obtained and read the book A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II , the adult biography about Virginia Hall. I had requested the adult book when I saw it on order in the library catalog, not even realizing that it was about the same spy, and I'm very glad that I got to read it first, because it was a suspenseful, absor I checked this book out from the library several weeks ago. Fortunately for me, I didn't make time for it until after I had obtained and read the book A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II , the adult biography about Virginia Hall. I had requested the adult book when I saw it on order in the library catalog, not even realizing that it was about the same spy, and I'm very glad that I got to read it first, because it was a suspenseful, absorbing read that I did not want to put down. If I had read this juvenile biography first, it would have spoiled details of the other book without much emotional payoff or interest. This biography is passable, I suppose, but reading it in comparison to the adult work highlights all of its flaws. It is written in summary, rather than illuminating scenes of the spy's life, and it introduces lots of different associates without delving into their stories. Because of this, it is hard to keep the many characters and details straight, and even though the book moves forward chronologically through Virginia Hall's story, it references some things out of order to support its summaries and explanations. The other book read like a novel, but this one just explains different times in her life. Because this American spy who worked in the French Resistance under both British and American organizations is both so extraordinary and so little-known, I'm glad that a juvenile biography exists about her, but it's not a standout by any perspective. I primarily read it to pick up on any new details and to see the many reproduced pictures throughout its pages. If a young person who is interested in learning about this woman can read at an adult level and has a tolerance for reading about the types of violent details that this book geared towards a younger audience sidesteps or suppresses, they should skip this and move straight to the far more thorough, complete, and engaging adult biography.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    The Lady is a Spy by Don Mitchell, 223 pages. NON-FICTION. Scholastic Focus (Scholastic Inc.), 2019. $17.99 Language: PG (4 swears, 0 "f"); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS – ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Virginia Hall was named at birth but lived under many aliases in her career as a spy—first for England and then for America. Though she had a prosthetic leg, Hall was athletic enough, intelligent enough, and crazy enough to take the risks needed to aid the French resis The Lady is a Spy by Don Mitchell, 223 pages. NON-FICTION. Scholastic Focus (Scholastic Inc.), 2019. $17.99 Language: PG (4 swears, 0 "f"); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS – ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Virginia Hall was named at birth but lived under many aliases in her career as a spy—first for England and then for America. Though she had a prosthetic leg, Hall was athletic enough, intelligent enough, and crazy enough to take the risks needed to aid the French resistance during WWII without being captured. This secret side of history is not one that schools often teach, and I loved being able to come to know some unknown heroes. Mitchell’s book focuses on Virginia Hall, though he goes into detail about several of her colleagues as well to show how important Hall’s work was. Besides learning amazing history, I think this book will do well for students to read because it shows that we don’t really know what we will do and where we are going to end up. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2019...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Virginia Hall is one of my favorite people and an all-around badass. Summary: This nonfiction book is the right level for 6th grade and above. As an adult, I found it a quick and informative read. I do not recommend this book for under 6th grade because: Nazis. And where there are Nazis, bad stuff follows. One of the later chapters discusses torture, death, and Concentration Camps, which may be disturbing for younger readers. Spoilers below this line---------------------------------------- She gre Virginia Hall is one of my favorite people and an all-around badass. Summary: This nonfiction book is the right level for 6th grade and above. As an adult, I found it a quick and informative read. I do not recommend this book for under 6th grade because: Nazis. And where there are Nazis, bad stuff follows. One of the later chapters discusses torture, death, and Concentration Camps, which may be disturbing for younger readers. Spoilers below this line---------------------------------------- She grew up in an upper-middle/upper class household in Maryland. When all of her friends were finding suitable husbands and starting families, is that what Virginia choose to do? Heck no! Virginia traveled to Europe to make friends and do interesting things. She worked in the U.S. diplomatic corps (embassies), and she learned several languages. On a hunting trip, she accidently shot her foot. By the time she went to the doctor, her leg needed to be amputated below the knee. Did Virginia settle down after that? Heck no! Virginia named her wooden leg Cuthbert and continued her European adventure! When Hitler started invading different countries, did Virginia evacuate with the rest of her colleagues? Heck no! Virginia drove TO the battle in France and worked as an ambulance driver! Eventually Virginia relocated to Britain. She wanted to work to help defeat the Nazis, so she applied to work undercover for the U.S. government. They refused because of her wooden leg. Did that stop Virginia? Heck no! Virginia was recruited by the Brits to set up and support cells within the French Resistance and pass information back to headquarters. She was very good at what she did. Eventually, Virginia needed to escape France before the Nazis caught her. They didn't know who she was, but "the lady with the limp" was one of the top targets for the Gestapo. Virginia was unable to get a flight or boat (black market) out of France. Did that stop Virginia? Heck no! Virginia, with 3 friends, escaped France by walking over the Pyrenees Mountains (with a guide) into Spain. They path they traveled went as high as 10Kfeet and through waist high snow at some parts. None of her companions knew she had a wooden leg. She never complained to them. At a certain point in the trip, she sent a radio message that "Cuthbert" was being troublesome. HQ replied that if Cuthbert was giving her trouble, she should have him "eliminated." Move over, James Bond! Virginia Hall has a license to kill! In spite of being wanted by the Nazis, Virginia wanted to return to France to fight them. No way, she was told. But did that stop Virginia? Heck no! Radio operators were in high demand, so Virginia asked that if she could learn to operate a radio, could she return to France to help the Resistance. Yeah. Sure. You betcha, she was told and sneered at. Virginia used her own resources to take lessons on radio operation, took the qualifying test, and returned to France. She dressed as an older peasant woman and hid out in the countryside as she continued her mission. After WWII, most women retired from work to start families and contribute to the post-war Baby Boom, did Virginia join them? Heck no! Virginia was awarded for her her work in France. The U.S. government wanted the president to present her with the award in a special ceremony. Virginia refused because the publicity would ruin any chance she had for a career in Intelligence after the war. She was given the award privately by the head of the the Intelligence community. Her mother was the only other person present. Virginia was one of the few female employees in the newly-created CIA (and whatever the CIA's predecessors were between WWII and when the CIA was created). Often she had more "field experience than her male bosses.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kate Waggoner

    @KidLitExchange #partner Thank you to the @KidLitExchange Network and the publisher for the advance copy of this novel. All opinions are my own. The Lady is a Spy: Virginia Hall, World War II Hero of the French Resistance is a YA nonfiction novel about a courageous and determined woman. Virginia grew up on a farm and developed a strong work ethic. Following a hunting accident, she had part of her leg amputated and thereafter wore a prothestic leg, which she referred to as Cuthbert. Virginia, howe @KidLitExchange #partner Thank you to the @KidLitExchange Network and the publisher for the advance copy of this novel. All opinions are my own. The Lady is a Spy: Virginia Hall, World War II Hero of the French Resistance is a YA nonfiction novel about a courageous and determined woman. Virginia grew up on a farm and developed a strong work ethic. Following a hunting accident, she had part of her leg amputated and thereafter wore a prothestic leg, which she referred to as Cuthbert. Virginia, however, did not let this stand in her way. She had traveled through Europe, spoke multiple languages, and worked for the State Department, so when WWII began she wanted to do her part and serve as part of the intelligence community. She began her spy career working for the British in France. She did two tours in France at a great risk to her own life. She eventually moved from British intelligence to U.S. intelligence. Though she never sought out praise or reward, she was issued the Distinguished Service Cross after the war. Following the war, she wanted to continue working in the intelligence community and joined the CIA (after it's creation). This book was incredibly informative. Virginia is a strong and inspirational woman. Her drive and accomplishments paved the way for the women who came after her (especially at the CIA). I enjoyed that this book drew attention to women and their contributions during WWII. I also enjoyed learning about someone who did such amazing things, but who I'd never heard of before. This was an incredibly informative book and was written in a very informational way. As a middle school teacher, I often look for narrative nonfiction stories for my students as they have a better chance of engaging them and holding their attention. I think this is an excellent book for high school, young adult, and adult readers, but feel that middle school readers may have a more difficult time staying engaged. Overall, though I still highly recommend this book to lovers of history, nonfiction, and WWII.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This one would be a 3.5 for me. It's hard to resist a spy story that takes place primarily during WWII, and the fact that this one features a woman--Virginia Hall--about whom I knew nothing added to my excitement about reading it. I came away impressed with her courage and intelligence but curious to learn even more about her. Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and honored with a medal as a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her work in aiding the French Resistance during the war This one would be a 3.5 for me. It's hard to resist a spy story that takes place primarily during WWII, and the fact that this one features a woman--Virginia Hall--about whom I knew nothing added to my excitement about reading it. I came away impressed with her courage and intelligence but curious to learn even more about her. Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and honored with a medal as a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her work in aiding the French Resistance during the war, she worked as a spy for the British and then the American forces, even learning how to operate a wireless telegraph to make herself more useful. She joined the CIA in its early days but faced possible discrimination because of her gender. While the book covers many of her exploits and describes how she helped many individuals during and after the war and sometimes even kept certain secrets when she wasn't sure about the trustworthiness of someone, I wish there had been a little bit more discussion of her personality and private life. I was so immersed in the history of those times that sometimes I forgot that I was reading about a real person, someone who never let her prosthetic leg slow here down. While it was important and clearly impacted her life, Virginia, who used several different aliases during the war, never let her disability slow her down. Happily, her life story may serve as inspiration for others while the black and white photographs in the book give readers a glimpse into Virginia and the times in which she lived. I finished the book feeling curious and wanting to know more about what motivated her to take those risks she took for liberty and a cause that surely must have seemed a bit removed from her and those around her in the United States.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. The Lady is a Spy by Don Mitchell will be released on February 26th! An impressive and intriguing read! I was able to read in a few hours due to extreme weather conditions in Chicago! Before this book arrived, I had never heard of the wonderful Virginia Hall. She lived quite an accomplished life working as a spy for the CIA. An Intelligence Officer once described her as “ the @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. The Lady is a Spy by Don Mitchell will be released on February 26th! An impressive and intriguing read! I was able to read in a few hours due to extreme weather conditions in Chicago! Before this book arrived, I had never heard of the wonderful Virginia Hall. She lived quite an accomplished life working as a spy for the CIA. An Intelligence Officer once described her as “ the greatest wartime agent.” The reader experiences what is was like for Hall during World War II. It is easy to fall into the captivating life as the author is very detailed. I loved learning about her struggles and successes and what it takes to not only be a spy, but to constantly be brave in the face of some of the most terrifying circumstances. This is definitely an upper grade read (7th-8th grades). Great for nonfiction lovers, history buffs, and students in search for a female role model! Hall truly is an icon for women and the humble hero the author describes her as. #middlegradereads #yabooks #kidlitexchange #whatimreadingnow

  11. 4 out of 5

    J Mccarragher

    @kidlitexchange #partner “Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.” The Lady is a Spy, an informative non-fiction account of Virginia Hall, delivers a strong narrative account of the countless missions that were part of Hall’s life as a spy. It is clear that Don Mitchell has done extensive research to tell the story, but it tends to be a bit dry in all of its accuracy. I could see high school teachers using this when emphasizing the contrib @kidlitexchange #partner “Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.” The Lady is a Spy, an informative non-fiction account of Virginia Hall, delivers a strong narrative account of the countless missions that were part of Hall’s life as a spy. It is clear that Don Mitchell has done extensive research to tell the story, but it tends to be a bit dry in all of its accuracy. I could see high school teachers using this when emphasizing the contributions of women during World War II, but may be challenging for middle schoolers to stay engaged. Nevertheless, it is a story that needs to be told as women were such an integral part of the resistance efforts during the war. Hall is clearly a hero who put her own life in jeopardy countless times as she served her country. Her level-headedness and logical thinking saved many situations and undercover agents as the Nazis never considered a woman’s role to be so instrumental in bringing them down. An effective read for those interested in WWII, women in the war, espionage, the resistance movement, and accurate reporting.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carro Herdegen

    Language: PG (4 swears, 0 "f" + British swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG Virginia Hall was named at birth but lived under many aliases in her career as a spy—first for England and then for America. Though she had a prosthetic leg, Hall was athletic enough, intelligent enough, and crazy enough to take the risks needed to aid the French resistance during WWII without being captured. This secret side of history is not one that schools often teach, and I loved being able to come to know some Language: PG (4 swears, 0 "f" + British swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG Virginia Hall was named at birth but lived under many aliases in her career as a spy—first for England and then for America. Though she had a prosthetic leg, Hall was athletic enough, intelligent enough, and crazy enough to take the risks needed to aid the French resistance during WWII without being captured. This secret side of history is not one that schools often teach, and I loved being able to come to know some unknown heroes. Mitchell’s book focuses on Virginia Hall, though he goes into detail about several of her colleagues as well to show how important Hall’s work was. Besides learning amazing history, I think this book will do well for teenagers to read because it shows that we don’t really know what we will do and where we are going to end up. Reviewed for https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/

  13. 5 out of 5

    Keshia Mayrhofer

    @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network and publisher @scholasticinc for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own! The Lady is a Spy tells the story of Virginia Hall, an American spy based mostly in France during World War II. I don’t read nonfiction all that often, but I love to learn about women in history, particularly those who overcame huge obstacles to do the work they did. Although Virginia used a prosthetic leg, this didn’t get in the way of any of he @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network and publisher @scholasticinc for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own! The Lady is a Spy tells the story of Virginia Hall, an American spy based mostly in France during World War II. I don’t read nonfiction all that often, but I love to learn about women in history, particularly those who overcame huge obstacles to do the work they did. Although Virginia used a prosthetic leg, this didn’t get in the way of any of her missions, even when she was trekking through mountains. Virginia was courageous, brilliant, and humble about all that she did. There is also a lot of focus on the other people Virginia worked with, mostly men, and mostly people that I didn’t find quite as intriguing as Virginia herself. But I enjoyed the parts focused on Virginia quite a bit and I’m interested in learning more about her work both during the war and afterwards! This nonfiction book would be best appreciated for kids aged 14+ and is available now.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Knits

    Virginia Hall was an American who posed as a reporter for the New York Post in Vichy France during World War II. She secretly spies for the British and aided the French resistance. Later, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency during the Cold War era. I selected this nonfiction book as a counterbalance to several fiction works currently featuring female spies operating during the World Wars. This book is full of historical facts and figures and includes a large amount of photographs from the Virginia Hall was an American who posed as a reporter for the New York Post in Vichy France during World War II. She secretly spies for the British and aided the French resistance. Later, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency during the Cold War era. I selected this nonfiction book as a counterbalance to several fiction works currently featuring female spies operating during the World Wars. This book is full of historical facts and figures and includes a large amount of photographs from the era focusing on Virginia and her colleagues in the spy game. I would recommend this book for high school students as it is a little dry and I think a casual reader could abandon it. However, it would make a nice companion piece for a student studying European history.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Boling

    6/20/2019 ~ A woman (with a prosthetic foot no less) who worked as a spy for the British and the U.S. in France during WWII, and continued to work for the OSS (the U.S. precursor to the CIA) and the CIA into the 1960s. Virginia Hall's life sounds fascinating, and she clearly functioned well under pressure. I wish this book conveyed a bit more of the tension & risk of the work she did. I look forward to reading other books about her. 6/20/2019 ~ A woman (with a prosthetic foot no less) who worked as a spy for the British and the U.S. in France during WWII, and continued to work for the OSS (the U.S. precursor to the CIA) and the CIA into the 1960s. Virginia Hall's life sounds fascinating, and she clearly functioned well under pressure. I wish this book conveyed a bit more of the tension & risk of the work she did. I look forward to reading other books about her.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anna Qualls

    This book details the life of Virginia Hall a spy for the allies during WWII. She led an incredible team of resistance fighters in France and she prevailed despite being a woman and having a prosthetic leg. She was an incredible woman who served her country with the utmost secrecy and continued to long after the war with the CIA. This book is very good for middle-school-aged kids interested in history or espionage, especially a woman’s work in the field.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    This could have been a much more interesting book. I was interested in the subject but the dry straight facts of this book were boring to read. I understand keeping most of the gory details out of a book written for children, but it would have been nice for it not to have been a book of 'she did this and then she did that.' It's too bad because Virginia Hall's life is definitely worth reading about. This could have been a much more interesting book. I was interested in the subject but the dry straight facts of this book were boring to read. I understand keeping most of the gory details out of a book written for children, but it would have been nice for it not to have been a book of 'she did this and then she did that.' It's too bad because Virginia Hall's life is definitely worth reading about.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Kizer

    The indecision on how many stars to give this book is real. 3 stars or 4? Oh well 3 it is. The book is about Virginia Hall and her espionage for the French Resistance. I never knew much about the French Resistance but also I was not very interested. Again I'm still not interested and I would like to learn more but not from an American point of view. Which seems very egotistically American to me. The indecision on how many stars to give this book is real. 3 stars or 4? Oh well 3 it is. The book is about Virginia Hall and her espionage for the French Resistance. I never knew much about the French Resistance but also I was not very interested. Again I'm still not interested and I would like to learn more but not from an American point of view. Which seems very egotistically American to me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael Murphy

    Interesting story of Virginia Hill, a key operative for the French Resistance during WW II. She worked for both the British SOE and American OSS intelligence organizations at great personal risk. The story of a very brave and courageous woman. Later was an important member of the CIA in its formative years.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gay Ann

    Virginia Hall, the WWII hero for the French Resistance comes alive in Don Mitchell's book. This young adult book gives a detailed summary of her life and war activities. There are photos, works consulted, and many end notes. Virginia is an inspiration for all woman striving in a male dominated world. Virginia Hall, the WWII hero for the French Resistance comes alive in Don Mitchell's book. This young adult book gives a detailed summary of her life and war activities. There are photos, works consulted, and many end notes. Virginia is an inspiration for all woman striving in a male dominated world.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Martha Schwalbe

    I think this book is the young adult version of A Woman of No Importance, about Virginia Hall. If I had read this book first, it would have been five stars. It's easily accessible with interesting pictures included. I think reluctant readers would find the book easily accessible and fast paced. Readers who enjoy history, espionage, or adventure will enjoy this book. I think this book is the young adult version of A Woman of No Importance, about Virginia Hall. If I had read this book first, it would have been five stars. It's easily accessible with interesting pictures included. I think reluctant readers would find the book easily accessible and fast paced. Readers who enjoy history, espionage, or adventure will enjoy this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Ok, 3.5 stars. The story started out very slow, but got better when Mitchell actually shared more information about Ms. Hall's intelligence work. The writing also seems to somewhat talk down to the audience Extremely well documented including numerous photos. She was an amazing woman, recognized by the U.S., British, and French governments. Ok, 3.5 stars. The story started out very slow, but got better when Mitchell actually shared more information about Ms. Hall's intelligence work. The writing also seems to somewhat talk down to the audience Extremely well documented including numerous photos. She was an amazing woman, recognized by the U.S., British, and French governments.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha Mase

    My two-star rating is purely due to entertainment value. This was a very dry, very fact-heavy book. It reads like a research paper; however, the amount of research and pure facts (yes, the irony here is not lost on me) is impressive and may elicit a higher rating, but the fact is it took me weeks to get through it because it was BORING. I think I will hang with historical fiction.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Willem Workinger

    The book was very informative and interesting. I had previous knowledge of Virginia Hall but this was way more information. If you are interested in WWII and the allied spies in France than this is the book for you. Or if you are just interested in Virginai's life before she was a spy. The book was very informative and interesting. I had previous knowledge of Virginia Hall but this was way more information. If you are interested in WWII and the allied spies in France than this is the book for you. Or if you are just interested in Virginai's life before she was a spy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Even though it has been over 70 years since the end of World War II, there seems to be no lack of interest in this horrible time in human history. Virginia Hall was a multi-lingual American who wanted to help the Allied war effort. She had to push herself into the "spy business" as it took her a while to convince, initially, the British that she could help. This book has great primary and secondary sources if a student is in need of materials. However, it is a bit dry so it might be hard to keep Even though it has been over 70 years since the end of World War II, there seems to be no lack of interest in this horrible time in human history. Virginia Hall was a multi-lingual American who wanted to help the Allied war effort. She had to push herself into the "spy business" as it took her a while to convince, initially, the British that she could help. This book has great primary and secondary sources if a student is in need of materials. However, it is a bit dry so it might be hard to keep some students' interest.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    What a fascinating woman! And a Baltimore native - whoop!) I appreciated the commentary near the end about the CIA underutilizing her expertise before she retired, most likely because she was a woman.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ellanor

    I used this book for Holocaust book report project. It is excellent for this purpose. It has pictures in it and that helps for understanding. Good information and background. would recommend for a book report.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Virginia Hall's life was very interesting. This book was not. Although it was well researched, the writing was very bland. The narrative jumped a lot, and there were a lot of half-finished thoughts. I found my mind wandering a lot as I read because the writing was so dull. Virginia Hall's life was very interesting. This book was not. Although it was well researched, the writing was very bland. The narrative jumped a lot, and there were a lot of half-finished thoughts. I found my mind wandering a lot as I read because the writing was so dull.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Did not meet the needs of my collection at this time.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Good history and easy to read

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