Kid’s Book Review: The Enigma Girls

Kid’s Book Review: The Enigma Girls

About the Book and Author

This absorbing story set during World War Two is inspired by true stores of the young women who worked at Bletchley Park to crack the German Enigma codes so that encrypted Nazi communications could be understood by the allies.

Bletchley Park was a well-kept secret during World War II, operating under the code name Station X. The critical work of code-cracking Nazi missives that went on behind its closed doors could determine a victory or loss against Hitler’s army. Amidst the brilliant cryptographers, flamboyant debutantes and absent-minded professors working there, it was teenaged girls who kept Station X running.

Some could do advanced maths, while others spoke a second language. They ran the unwieldy bombe machines, made sense of wireless sound waves and sorted the decoded messages. They were expected to excel in their fields and most importantly: know how to keep a secret!

Candace Fleming is the American author of Crash from Outer Space, The Curse of the Mummy, and many other non-fiction books for young readers.

Book Review

I would recommend The Enigma Girls to people who like adventures, codes and real life stories.

The Enigma Girls is an interesting book about young girls and their effort to win World War II.
All the girls’ stories are intriguing but the one that stuck out to me the most is Mavis as I see her as a fun and brave-hearted girl.
Like when she put her friend in a trolley and pushed her down the office corridor right into the men’s toilets!

These are a few of the things I really like being added to the book, I love the real life pictures of moments, buildings and machinery.
I also enjoyed the extra chapters that show you more about code breaking.

Something that really drew me to the book was my first impression (the opening paragraph). The book started with a lot of description and suspense and I immediately wanted to read more.

I would recommend The Enigma Girls to people who like adventures, codes and real life stories.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Emily
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: Netball, reading and being with my friends
  • Dislikes: Slugs and hailstones
  • Favourite Book: Death in the Spotlight by Lauren Child
  • Favourite Song: Standing on the Edge of Great by Julie and the Phantoms
  • Favourite Movie: Grease