- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
- Series: Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux
- Library Binding: 40 pages
- Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (August 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0822567644
- ISBN-13: 978-0822567646
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 – August 1, 2009
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Bass stood a head taller than most men of his time.
He had broad shoulders and huge hands. Bass was so strong, he single-handedly pulled a steer out of mud up to its neck while a bunch of slack-jawed cowpokes stood speechless.
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
"Bass Reeves’s life is the stuff from which legends are made. Born a slave, he escaped to Indian Territory (now known as Oklahoma), captured over three thousand men and women as a deputy U.S. marshal, and spent his few years of retirement on a small-town police force. Reeves, as a fellow sharpshooter once said, 'could shoot the left hind leg off a contented fly sitting on a mule’s ear at a hundred yards and never ruffle a hair,' and was a man of such honor that he arrested his own son for murder. This captivating biography, told in language as colorful as Reeves’s career, grabs readers with an 1884 gunfight, then flashes back to Reeves’s early life and continues until his death. Section headings ('Slave Days, 1840s–1860s'; 'Freedom and Family, Late 1860s–1874') underscore the chronology, while boldfaced subheadings provide a textbook lesson on how topic sentences work. Typically, the subheadings offer an opinion ('Bass was respected, and he was hated') followed by a paragraph or two of supporting information. Accentuated with a palette knife, Christie’s sharply textured paintings create an impressionist background of an unformed land as well as detailed portraits of this multi-dimensional individual, his bold black hat conveying unmistakable authority. Includes documentation, a glossary, a timeline, recommended readings and bibliography, and historical author notes. b.c." --The Horn Book Magazine (Journal)