The Enigma Girls

Candace Fleming

This is a fascinating book about ten young women (aged 17-20 years old) who were recruited to work at Bletchley Park helping to crack the codes used by the Nazis in WW2. The non-fiction narrative focuses upon their work as well as their lives allowing a glimpse into life for young adults in wartime. The stories are interspersed with authentic photographs as well as chapters on how readers can break their own codes. There is a lot to digest here. The layout appears to be more in keeping with an adult book but in fact it is aimed at readers in upper KS2 and KS3. Recommended for anyone with a keen interest in knowing something a little different about WW2.

Published by Scholastic, 2024 (350 pages)

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton