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Duped!: True Stories of the World's Best Swindlers (It Actually Happened) Hardcover – August 11, 2011


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With comics-style illustrations interspersed among eight accounts of the modern world’s most cunning cons, it’s hard to imagine a more kid-friendly piece of nonfiction. The scams covered include a made-up Stone Age society “discovered” in the Philippines that fooled even National Geographic, a Shakespeare forgery, Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds radio broadcast, a P. T. Barnum–hyped elephant named Jumbo, a massive Nazi counterfeiting operation that flooded the world with flawless fake British currency, and a French rags-to-riches high-society swindle. Although the hook is baited with plenty of sensationalism—enhanced by the nearly random switches from prose to comics panels and back again—there’s some good history to be learned beneath all the grandiose flimflammery. Schroeder writes in a lighthearted, chatty tone, equally matched by Simard’s good-times black-and-white cartooning. A list of additional resources points the way toward more reading for kids tickled by such large-scale trickery. Grades 4-7. --Ian Chipman

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It's hard to imagine a more kid-friendly piece of nonfiction. The scams covered include a made-up Stone Age society discovered in the Philippines that fooled even National Geographic ... and a French rags-to-riches high-society swindle. Although the hook is baited with plenty of sensationalism...there's some good history to be learned beneath all the grandiose flimflammery. Schroeder writes in a lighthearted, chatty tone, equally matched by Simard's good-times black-and-white cartooning. A list of additional resources points the way toward more reading for kids tickled by such large-scale trickery. (Ian Chipman Booklist 2011-12-15)

The topic of the book is compelling and the writing of the cases is engaging. (Elizabeth Ford Resource Links 2011-12-00)

This hybrid of nonfiction and graphic novel is a fun lesson on how the masses can be made into fools. (Mariela Siegert School Library Journal 2012-01-00)

The wonderful thing about Duped! is that it is a fun read for those interested in scams, but it can also lead, all on its own, to discussing an amazing variety of topics. (Canadian Materials 2012-02-03)

It's hard to imagine a more kid-friendly piece of non-fiction. (School Library Journal 2012-02-01)

There is real value in sharing such a well-written and informative text. (Sally Bender Sal's Fiction Addiction 2013-08-11)

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Biographical Note: Andreas Schroeder


Andreas Schroeder emigrated to British Columbia from Germany in l951. He has made his living as a freelance writer for the past 43 years - writing books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and radio drama, as well as translations, journalism and literary criticism. During bouts of certifiable dementia he has also committed brazen acts of cultural politics, serving as chairman of the Writers' Union of Canada (l976-77), and founding chairman the Public Lending Right Commission (l985-88), on whose Board he continued to serve from 1988 until 2008. He currently holds the Rogers Communications Chair in Creative Nonfiction at the University of British Columbia (UBC Creative Writing).

His 23 books include, most recently, RENOVATING HEAVEN (autobiographical novel), as well as SHAKING IT ROUGH (nonfiction), DUSTSHIP GLORY (novel), FILE OF UNCERTAINTIES (poetry), THE LATE MAN (short fictions), TOCCATA IN 'D' (novella), THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT (Mennonite Low German stories in English translation co-authored with Jack Thiessen), and THE MENNONITES IN CANADA (history). He has also published three popular collections of outrageous scams and hoaxes (SCAMS, SCANDALS & SKULDUGGERY; CHEATS, CHARLATANS & CHICANERY, and FAKES, FRAUDS & FLIMFLAMMERY) which were originally broadcast in shorter form on CBC Radio's BASIC BLACK SHOW, for which he was a contributor and performer for 12 years.

His books have been finalists for the Governor-General's Award (SHAKING IT ROUGH, 1976), the Sealbooks First Novel Award (DUSTSHIP GLORY, 1984), the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Non-Fiction (CHEATS, CHARLATANS & CHICANERY, 1998) and the BC Book Prizes' Ethel Wilson Fiction Award (RENOVATING HEAVEN, 2008). He won a National Magazine Award in 1990, a Stephen Leacock Award in 1997, and a Canadian Association of Journalists' Best Investigative Journalism Award in 1991. He has also won the OLA Red Maple Award twice for young-adult nonfiction, namely for THIEVES! and SCAMS!

When not writing, Schroeder spends his time motorcycling, downhill skiing and paragliding. He has been living in Roberts Creek, on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast, since 1999.

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