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Ella Schwartz

About The Author

Ella Schwartz is the award-winning author of Can You Crack the Code?: A Fascinating History of Ciphers and Cryptography, which won the AAAS/Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books. She is also the author of MAKE THIS! (National Geographic Kids, 2019), STOLEN SCIENCE (Bloomsbury, 2021), HER NAME WAS MARY KATHARINE (Little Brown Books, 2022), and IS IT OKAY TO PEE IN THE OCEAN? (Bloomsbury, 2022). In addition to writing books, Ella is a cybersecurity warrior interfacing with the US federal government on strategic technology initiatives. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering from Columbia University. She lives in New York with her husband and three sons. Learn more about Ella’s books at

Books by Ella Schwartz