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Spies, ciphers, and drones

Burrows, Terry  Codes, Ciphers, and Cartography: Math Goes to War
Gr. 4–6, middle school
     48 pp.     Lerner

Burrows, Terry  Robots, Drones, and Radar: Electronics Go to War
Gr. 4–6, middle school
     48 pp.     Lerner

STEM on the Battlefield series. Each book in this series discusses how a field of STEM has been instrumental — from ancient times to the present — in developing advanced technology that aids combat forces in war operations. The readable texts include sidebars of additional facts or profiles of important people, plus numerous captioned illustrations that add clarity and interest. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Mathematics; Ciphers; Armed forces; War; Biology; Medicine; Bombings; Engineering; Electronics; Robots; Drone aircraft; Technology; Chemistry; Weapons

Chandler, Matt  Military Drones
Gr. 4–6, middle school
     32 pp.     Capstone

Chandler, Matt  Recreational Drones
Gr. 4–6, middle school
     32 pp.     Capstone

Rose, Simon  Agricultural Drones
Gr. 4–6, middle school
     32 pp.     Capstone

Edge Books: Drones series. Remote-controlled aircraft have many purposes; those roles include helping agribusiness and the military and providing entertainment. Accompanied by color photographs, each book describes several types of drones, discussing their form, function, and mechanical systems. Multiple sidebars provide additional information without cluttering the layout. Technical terms defined on the page allows for easier readability. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Machines and Technology; Drone aircraft; Technology; Agriculture; Farms and farm life; Armed forces

Janeczko, Paul B.  Double Cross: Deception Techniques in War
Middle school, high school     247 pp.     Candlewick

A companion to The Dark Game, this book examines deception tactics used by militaries and intelligence services throughout world history, with an emphasis on those used from the U.S. Civil War era onward. An accessible narrative provides unique insight with its analysis of specific operations and detailed explanations of how and why they worked. Maps, photographs, and illustrations help contextualize events. Bib., ind.
Subjects: General and World History; War; Armed forces; Spies

Langston-George, Rebecca  Deep-Cover Spies and Double-Crossers of the Cold War
Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Capstone/Compass Point

Lassieur, Allison  Cyber Spies and Secret Agents of Modern Times
Gr. 4–6, middle school     64 pp.     Capstone/Compass Point

Spies! series. This series delves into the world of espionage and spycraft. Each focusing on a different modern era, the books cover famous figures, such as the Rosenbergs and Edward Snowden, but also lesser-known agents. The insights into spies’ motivations and the mechanics behind their craft make for exciting, interesting reads. Photographs and sidebars provide additional nuggets of information. Reading list, timeline. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Modern History; Spies; History, Modern—Cold War; Internet; Terrorism

Larson, Kirsten W.  Drones
Gr. K–3, 4–6
    32 pp.     Amicus High Interest

Robotics in Our World series. With clear text, strong organization, and appropriate photographs, this high-interest series entry introduces drone robotics to newly independent readers. Larson straightforwardly explains the history and current uses of drones with a rosy outlook on the related technological advancements. Bright page colors add to the book’s visual appeal without being distracting. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Machines and Technology; Drone aircraft; Robots; Manufacturing

From the March 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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