Can You Crack the Code?

A Fascinating History of Ciphers and Cryptography

Ella Schwartz
Lily Williams

Codes can carry big secrets! Throughout history, lots of good guys and lots of bad guys have used codes to keep their messages under wraps. This fun and flippable nonfiction features stories of hidden treasures, war-time maneuverings, and contemporary hacking as well as explaining the mechanics behind the codes in accessible and kid friendly forms. Sidebars call out activities that invite the reader to try their own hand at cracking and crafting their own secret messages.

This is the launch of an exciting new series that invites readers into a STEM topic through compelling historical anecdotes, scientific backup, and DIY projects.

2020 AAAS/Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books: winner in the category of Hands-On Science Book

2021 NCTE Mathical Book Prize Honor Book for Grades 6-8

"...An interesting and timely subject; a worthy addition to any collection, particularly where STEM topics are popular." -- School Library Journal

"A broad and lucid survey of cryptographic strategies...fascinating."- Kirkus Reviews

"This perennially popular topic leads kids into tales of war and espionage, and to better ways of passing messages in class...Illustrations keep things cheery, as does Schwartz's overall optimism concerning cybersecurity and the white hat hacking." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books