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Thursday, 14 April 2011

Code Making, Code Breaking by Richard Platt (Collins Big Cat)

What are codes for and who uses them? How do you make a code, how do you break a code? If you think only spies and soldiers use codes, you're wrong! Find out how codes have been used throughout history, from Ancient Egypt through to the Cold War in this enthralling non-fiction book by award-winning author, Richard Platt. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * Text type: A non-chronological report

Another fantastic, informative and interesting read in the Collins Big Cat range. Broken into three sections, this book educates the reader in: codes; making and breaking codes; and unbroken codes and forgotten languages.

The book starts by making the reader realise that codes are used everyday for a variety of reasons. It discusses code making through the ages; using smoke, flags and Morse code. Making a code includes the Greek warriors who had messages in code on his belt, romans shifting letters, using invisible ink and how to make it, to name but a few. The last section includes ancient markings and script discovered from civilisations gone by.

The book is really interesting and certainly made me want to learn to more about this topic. Some of the ideas could be used today - something to keep children occupied during long holidays.

Another great book from Collins Big Cat, which although it is part of their reading scheme would make a great entry into any library.

Thank you to Michael from The School Forum for sending me the book to review.

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