Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing

by Paul B. Janeczko and Jenna LaReau

Who can resist the prospect of communicating by secret code? Paul Janeczko provides... read more

Who can resist the prospect of communicating by secret code? Paul Janeczko provides a solid introduction to an impressive array of codes, easing into his subject with explanations of Pig Latin and Morse code. After covering familiar ground, the author moves on to more obscure ciphers, such as Rail Fence and Greek Skytale, to name just a few. Each code and cipher is first placed within its historical context; a clear description of its structure and mechanics follows. Those eager to use this new knowledge will appreciate the many examples of codes and ciphers included throughout the book, as well as the directions on how to solve them. For those who get stumped, answers are thoughtfully provided in an appendix. References to the use of codes and ciphers in literature will direct interested readers to stories by Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allan Poe. Etgay ackingcray! (Age 9 and older)

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