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BAD NEWS FOR OUTLAWS by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Kirkus Star

BAD NEWS FOR OUTLAWS

The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal

By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (Author) , R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8225-6764-6
Publisher: Carolrhoda

He rode tall in the saddle and excelled at riding, shooting, tracking and every other skill required of a man representing the law in the vast and often lawless American frontier known as Indian Territory in the late 1800s. Born into slavery in Texas, he fled from his owner during the Civil War and lived with Indians, honing his skills until he was chosen for what turned out to be a very long and very successful career as a deputy U.S. Marshal. Nelson’s well-researched biography reads much like a tall tale or frontier legend—as well it should: “Outlaws learned that when Marshal Reeves had your warrant, you were as good as got….” Christie’s bold full-page paintings echo the heroic spirit. The text is frequently laid out in the style of old-time wanted posters on yellowing paper. Gary Paulsen’s The Legend of Bass Reeves (2006) previously presented his life as a novel. Here, children can saddle up with a genuine Western hero in a narrative that hits the bull’s-eye. (glossary, timeline, bibliography, notes) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)