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Code Girls: The True Story of the American Women Who Secretly Broke Codes in World War II (Young Readers Edition) — 7 Comments

  1. The book is super interesting as you learn that they had a secret class for girls that were going to college. Some girls would get tested to see if they could be considered to be code breakers. The deans of the schools didn’t even know these classes existed. I think it is geared more toward high school kids and I think it would be an interesting read for them. Girl Power! 5/5 stars.

  2. This would have to be one of my least favorite books. I just felt it jumped around with so much information. I couldn’t connect with the women, nor their differing jobs. While I realize the great importance of the job done by these women and the historical significance of women in these positions, I did not like how I could never connect with any of the women. Some lost husbands, brothers and friends, but the depth of that emotion was lost on the vast amounts of imformation coming from every direction. Maybe that was the author’s point, making me as a reader feel overwhelmed with information, much as the code girls were? I don’t know. Also, this will be WAY to difficult for most of my 4th grade readers. 3 stars.

  3. I thought that this book was an interesting and new take on a World War II story. I liked the emphasis on mental math, secrecy, and teamwork as well as the timeline. However, I thought it was too dense and it felt repetitive. I also felt that many of the characters blended together – there were lots of names and not much detail/stories about them that helped to identify them. I would not get this book for my classroom as I don’t think students would be able to get into the story.

  4. The subject of this book is fascinating and one that I knew very little about prior to reading it. That being said, I didn’t love this book. I seemed to drag on a bit and I could see students getting bored with it, unless they were very interested in reading about this topic. It really helped to paint a picture of what it was like to be a woman living in this time in history. I really liked the Foreword and how the author encourages the reader to embrace the challenges they face in life. I would only recommend this book for pleasure to students who I knew specifically had interest in this topic. I could also see it being used to describe women’s struggles or with a World War II unit. I would give it 2 stars.

  5. Code Girls by Liza Mundy was an interesting yet difficult to get in to book for me. I did not know about this area of service that women in the United States performed during WWII and learning about it intrigued me. Parts of the book were hard for me to follow. In particular, I struggled with the more in-depth descriptions of the actual code breaking process. It is clear that I would not have been sought out to be a code girl! As the book progressed, I grew more invested and I had more desire to read it. I wonder if this book suffered somewhat in its adaptation as a Young Readers Edition? The writing did not flow as smoothly as I would have liked. Also, I felt that the details about the women themselves were scarce and fleshing out their characters would have added a lot to my reading enjoyment. Overall, this was an inspiring book and a tribute to the valuable and secret work women did for our country. I would certainly recommend this book to students that have an interest in WWII. 4 stars.

  6. I was really excited to read this book. I enjoy learning about lesser-known but still decisive characters and events in the overall course of history. I was a little disappointed with this book though. I read this book cover to cover, but still found it difficult to keep track of the timeline as it related to the course of events in the war as a whole. I also found it difficult to track the different women throughout the book. I wish there would have been a single-page biography (something like a trading card) of the women who were revisited throughout the book, like Dot, Crow, and Ann Caracristi, to reference while reading.

    As I was reading I was trying to think of how I would use this book with students. If I were to recommend this book for independent reading, I would likely only recommend it to students with a high interest and background with World War II or American history. I might use this in-conjunction with other units of study and subject areas and only offer selections of the text. Even then though I did have a hard time finding selections I might use.

    Overall rating: 2/5

  7. Code Girls by Liza Mundy was intriguing. I had no idea how much women contributed to WWII. I never remember learning or reading about how much women were involved with the war effort, why aren’t they mentioned in text books or taught? Not until the end did I realize why. These women have been sworn to secrecy to not tell anyone about their mission field. Even as these women talked about their contributions in their late 80’s many of their family members didn’t believe them. Mrs. Mundy started interviewing and researching about this book back in 2015. Some of these women may never have told anyone until just three or four years ago. That dedication and loyalty is impressive. Also, many of these women have now since passed and never had the chance to tell their stories.

    The beginning of the book grabbed me and drew me in right away. As the book progressed, I would have to say I got overwhelmed with the number of women that Mrs. Mundy was introducing or continuing to tell their stories. There is so much information and history in this book. That’s the whole point of the book but it got mundane after awhile. It felt like it took me a long time to finish this book.

    I would definitely recommend this book. Even though it took me awhile to read, it is US Women’s history, it is important. I would recommend this book for pleasure reading and for classroom reading. I would rate this a 5 out of 5 stars.