Shapiro, Stephen and Tina Forrester. Ill. David Craig. Ultra Hush-Hush. Espionage and Special Missions. Toronto: Annick Press, 2003.

  • Finalist, Red Cedar (B.C.), Rocky Mountain (Alberta), and Willow (Saskatchewan) Young Readers’ Choice Book Awards
  • Recommended for middle school students, National World War II Museum, New Orleans, LA

Discover the secrets behind some of the real-life deceptions that turned the tide of World War II.

Meet double-crossing secret agents like Arthur Owens (code-named Snow), who spied for both the Nazis and the British! Witness airborne assaults by daredevils such as Otto “Scarface” Skorzeny, “the most dangerous man in Europe.” Smash through “unbreakable” barriers like the A-3 Scrambler, the American encryption system used to communicate with British allies!

Ultra Hush-Hush at Annick Press

Shapiro, Stephen and Tina Forrester. Ill. David Craig.  Hoodwinked. Deception and Resistance.  Toronto: Annick Press, 2004.

  • Nonfiction Honor List, Voice of Youth Advocates
  • Honorable Mention, YA Non-Fiction, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award

Hoodwinked plunges readers into the secret strategies and underground battles that helped turn the tide of war. Both sides used propaganda, misdirection, and espionage to gain the upper hand, including phantom armies, fake battle plans, and amazing acts of sabotage by resistance groups.

Hoodwinked at Annick Press

Shapiro, Stephen. Ill. Ken Nice and Mei Tsao.   Battle Stations! Fortifications through the Ages.  Toronto: Annick Press, 2005.

Since the earliest civilizations, people have built strongholds needed to protect themselves from invasion. Battle Stations! vividly explores 10 of these ingeniously designed structures and the strategies and equipment used for further defense.

Battle Stations! at Annick Press

Shapiro, Stephen.  Ill. John Mantha. The Siege. Under Attack in Renaissance Europe.  Toronto: Annick Press, 2007.

  • Finalist, Red Cedar (B.C.) Young Readers’ Choice Book Award

It’s 1585 and the Netherlands is in revolt against the Spanish Empire. One Dutch town is all that stands between the Spanish army and its invasion of Holland. Prepare to experience a city under siege.

A composite of several historic battles, The Siege takes readers inside the walls of a besieged community and also behind the lines with the attackers. Readers will march with the advancing army and learn the staggering logistics of keeping it fed. They’ll join the townspeople in preparing the defense, even demolishing some of their own buildings to deter the enemy. And they’ll witness the need for patience as much as power, since victory often depended on outlasting the enemy against disease and starvation.

Brought to life through dramatic storytelling and vivid illustrations, and factually grounded with detailed diagrams, The Siege is a realistic look at Renaissance life during military strife.

The Siege at Annick Press

Feudal cover April2013

Shapiro, Stephen. Ill. Ross Kinnaird. It’s a Feudal, Feudal World. A Different Medieval History. Toronto: Annick Press, 2013.

Welcome to an innovative and reader-friendly approach to medieval history, one that combines visually appealing infographics, whimsical cartoons and lively, informative text. Each spread offers a snapshot that highlights an aspect of the diversity and intercultural dynamics of the medieval world, from Europe to the Byzantine, Ottoman and Islamic empires.

It’s a Feudal, Feudal World at Annick Press

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