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Bad news for outlaws : the remarkable life of Bass Reeves, deputy U.S. marshal /
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson ; illustrations by R. Gregory Christie.
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, c2009.
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 31 cm.
0822567644 (reinforced), 9780822567646 (reinforced)
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Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, c2009.
0822567644 (reinforced)
9780822567646 (reinforced)
This biography profiles the life of Bass Reeves, a former slave who was recruited as a deputy United States Marshal in the area that was to become Oklahoma.
catalogue key
target audience
Ages 8-12.
reading program
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning MG 5.2 0.5
Includes bibliographical references.
A Look Inside
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Carter G. Woodson Book Awards, USA, 2010 : Nominated
Coretta Scott King Awards, USA, 2010 : Won
Golden Kite Awards, USA, 2010 : Nominated
Land of Enchantment Book Award, USA, 2010 - 2011 : Nominated
Prairie Pasque Award, USA, 2011 - 2012 : Nominated
Rhode Island Children's Book Award, USA, 2012 : Nominated
SCASL Book Award (South Carolina), USA, 2011 - 2012 : Nominated
Young Hoosier Book Award, USA, 2011 - 2012 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2009-11-02:
With lively language and anecdotes, Nelson (Juneteenth) chronicles the life of African-American lawman Bass Reeves in a biography that elevates him to folk hero. The story opens with an action-packed sequence leading to Reeves killing criminal Jim Webb. The second spread has readers staring down the barrel of Reeves's rifle, in an attention-grabbing, somewhat unsettling closeup. As Webb lay dying, he "gave Bass his revolver out of respect. Bass buried Webb's body and turned in the outlaw's boots and gun belt as proof he'd gotten his man." Christie's (Yesterday I Had the Blues) dynamic full-page oil paintings portray a somber, statuesque Reeves, his big eyes shining from under the brim of his deputy's hat. The folksy language is heavy with simile ("Bass took to guns like a bear to honey") and jargon (vittles, slack-jawed cowpoke), inviting a drawly reading. It's an arresting portrait of a man who rose from escaped slave in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) to become a federal marshal who made thousands of arrests, including his own son, but killed only 14 men. A glossary, bibliography, time line and other source material are included. Ages 8-12. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Horn Book Magazine,
Kirkus Reviews,
Booklist, October 2009
Publishers Weekly, November 2009
School Library Journal, November 2009
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