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Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades) (Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux) Library Binding – November 1, 2009


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  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Series: Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux
  • Library Binding: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822567644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822567646
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2009 Tales of the Wild West don't get any better than the life and times of Bass Reeves, the first African-American deputy U.S. marshal and the most successful in American history. Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrator R. Gregory Christie--both Coretta Scott King Award honorees--bring this fascinating historical figure to life in Bad News for Outlaws, their superb book for middle grade readers. Kids will love the colorful language of the Old West, and the bold and dynamically rendered scenes of the heroic Reeves capturing the bad guys. And, they'll learn how the lawman--who was both greatly respected and feared--used his wits and intelligence, courage and character—and yes, incredible marksmanship--to bring more than 3,000 criminals to justice with fewer than 14 deaths in the line of duty. Put this knockout nonfiction book into the hands of readers ages 9-12. Bass Reeves is a name they won't soon forget.  --Lauren Nemroff

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Bass Reeves . . .
"One of the bravest men this country has ever known."
"The most feared deputy U.S. marshal that was ever heard of."
The first black man to ever be a deputy U.S. Marshall.

Sitting tall in the saddle, with a wide-brimmed black hat and twin Colt pistols on his belt, Bass Reeves seemed bigger than life. Outlaws feared him. Law-abiding citizens respected him. As a peace officer, he was cunning and fearless. When a lawbreaker heard Bass Reeves had his warrant, he knew it was the end of the trail, because Bass always got his man, dead or alive. He achieved all this in spite of whites who didn't like the notion of a black lawman.

Born into slavery in 1838, Bass had a hard and violent life, but he also had a strong sense of right and wrong that others admired. When Judge Isaac Parker tried to bring law and order to the lawless Indian Territories, he chose Bass to be a deputy U.S. Marshall. Bass would quickly prove a smart choice.

For three decades, Bass was the most feared and respected lawman in the territories. He made more than 3,000 arrests, and though he was a crack shot and a quick draw, he only killed fourteen men in the line of duty.

The story of Bass Reeves is the story of a remarkable African American and a remarkable hero of the Old West.


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For people who are reading this you should read this book it is very informational.
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All the positive qualities he possessed as a boy would come together and make him one of the most feared and respected U.S. Deputy marshals in history.
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The judge hired 200 deputy marshals to track down outlaws, and Bass Reeves was one of the marshals.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By VS Grenier Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 25, 2009
Format: Library Binding
Reviewed by: Wayne Walker

Did you know that, in spite of what we've seen in the movies and on TV, there were African Americans in the Old West? Bass Reeves was born around 1838 as a slave in Texas but ran away from his master during the Civil War and lived with the Native Americans in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) until after the war was over, when he settled in nearby Arkansas. However, in 1875, the U. S. Government sent Judge Isaac C. Parker to bring law and order to Indian Territory. The judge hired 200 deputy marshals to track down outlaws, and Bass Reeves was one of the marshals. Author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson describes some of the truly amazing feats that Reeves accomplished during his 32 years of service. He even captured bandit queen Belle Starr. You might also be interested to know that Gary Paulsen wrote a fictionalized account of Reeves called The Legend of Bass Reeves.

Anyone, young or old, who is interested in the Old West should really like Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves! However, beyond its connection to the wild frontier, this book, with great illustrations by R. Gregory Christie, is a good one for children generally because it describes the life of a man who exhibited admirable character in his life through his dedication to duty and his courage, honesty, and strong sense of right and wrong. While it would be excellent for Black History Month, it should not be relegated to that month alone and could be used at any time that late-nineteenth-century American history is studied. Features at the end include a glossary of Western terms, a timeline of Reeves's life, further reading and websites, and more information on Judge Parker and the Indian Territory, along with a note from the author on how she came to learn about Reeves. It is a fascinating story that I highly recommend.
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Format: Library Binding
Bass Reeves was born a slave, but even when he was a boy there was something special about him. He was the type of boy that stood out from the crowd. He had a lot of "pluck" and he "had a special way with animals, especially horses." All the positive qualities he possessed as a boy would come together and make him one of the most feared and respected U.S. Deputy marshals in history. When he was young, his mother thought no good would ever come of him because he was overly fascinated with weapons, but he would prove her wrong and grow up to be an upstanding citizen. Unfortunately, his chance to move into the state that would later accept him as a deputy came when he stuck his owner. He had to either run or die!

And so Bass ran. He ran to Indian Territory. After the Civil War he bought some land in Arkansas and raised a family until Judge Isaac C. Parker hired him and many other deputy marshals to "track down outlaws in an area covering 74,000 square miles." It was a tall order, but Bass was up to it and soon became Parker's right-hand man. He was a crack shot, honest and would bring in hundreds of outlaws in thirty-two years. This book has some marvelous tales of some of his more unusual captures. For example, one time he "pretended to be a farmer" and deliberately ran over a stump and caught up a wheel. Four outlaws didn't want him near their hideout and went to help him. They helped him and he then helped them right off to jail.

This was a wonderful story to honor the memory of a deputy marshal who, although the best in his day, has all been but forgotten. I loved the setup of the story because it almost reads like a chapter book in that every two or three pages seemed to have an interesting stand-alone story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on February 9, 2010
Format: Library Binding
An outstanding U.S. Deputy Marshal, Bass Reeves, makes his mark as "a true champion of the American West." Deputy Marshal in Indian Territory, Bass Reeves brought law and order to the post Civil War West. Big and tall, Bass was a square shot, one who rounded up outlaws with surprising ease. Bass was one of the most respected and feared marshals in the land. Best suited for children ages 7-10, this picture book is full of stark illustrations and graphic accounts of violence. For these older children, however, this story tells the life and achievements of one heroic man.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sharr on March 23, 2013
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Wow I loved this book, it was fantastic, I only wished it had been longer and had more stories. Great reading. It came in a satisfactory timeframe. The cost was so worth it. I really enjoyed it. Thanks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deltareviewer VINE VOICE on March 20, 2010
Format: Library Binding
Bass Reeves was one bad brotha. He defied the odds by surviving slavery, immersed himself in Native American culture and learned to live on the land in Oklahoma. Even though Reeves couldn't read or write, Judge Isaac C. Parker hired him as a U.S. Deputy Marshal. Reeves took his job to heart and in his 32 year career became the most decorated marshal of his time. Take some time to gain knowledge about an American icon that just happens to be African American.

Nelson clearly demonstrates her love for this piece of history in this picture book. The story is reinforced with clearly defined `Western Words', timeline of events, further reading and websites, more about Judge Isaac C. Parker and Indian Territory, notes about the research to create the book and the authors love of western movies. BAD NEWS FOR OUTLAWS: THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF BASS REEVES, DEPUTY U. S. MARSHAL is more than a children's picture book - its history that springs to life. Even though I was introduced to Nelson and Bass Reeves during Black History Month this is a story that should be learned and told throughout the year. A must read about a true American hero.

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