Suzanne Kamata

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Pearl Dubois is a Southern belle. She was born in New Orleans to a prominent and wealthy family. During the Second World War, she wants to help the Allies. She lands a job in Paris working for the Office of Strategic Services. The OSS is the first spy agency in the United States. Its goal is to gather intelligence about the Germans and to win the war.

Pearl convinces her boss to send her on a secret mission. She will bring photos of German spies to General George Patton, who is stationed near the Belgian border. On the way to the general’s camp, Pearl and three companions are ambushed by Nazi soldiers. She becomes a prisoner and must survive by her wits until she can plot her escape.

Based on the real-life experiences of Gertrude Sanford Legendre, the first woman to be captured as a spy during WWII, Pearl’s adventures are both riveting and inspiring.


Suzanne Kamata’s books include Gadget Girl and Indigo Girl, which received Honorable Mention in the 2019 Freeman Book Awards for Children’s and Young Adult’s Literature on East and Southeast Asia in the Young Adult/High School Category. Her other works include Losing Kei; The Beautiful One Has Come, (long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award); and three anthologies. Her short stories and essays have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times. She is Fiction Co-editor of and Fiction Editor of Kyoto Journal. Suzanne Kamata lives in Tokushima, Japan with her husband and her bicultural twins.

The Spy
Suzanne Kamata
Paper, 100 pages
Reading level: 3.2