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Bad News for Outlaws by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

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Nelson, V. M., & Christie, R. G. (ill.) (2009). Bad news for outlaws: the remarkable life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books. ISBN: 9780822567646

Annotation: A former slave, Bass Reeves became one of the most feared and respected U.S. Deputy Marshals in Indian Territory. Everyone knew he always got his man.

Reaction: This was a really great story about an honorable, upstanding, honest and dedicated man. He worked hard and earned respect from everyone he came across, and I think he would be an excellent role model for kids reading this. This author does a great job of balancing fact and entertainment, and I love the way she incorporates Western jargon into the text.

The art is really nice, capturing the essence of Reeves’s character.

This book is full of great examples of simile:

  • “as right as rain”
  • “like a bear to honey”
  • “like trying to find hair on a frog”
  • “as far from tender as boot leather”
  • I would use this book as part of a 5th or 6th grade history unit. This would also be a good option to augment an English unit to teach simile.

    This book won the 2010 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award.

    This book is on the 2011 Students’ List for “Books receiving votes for Top Ten Favorites from students in Summer 2011.”

    Media Used: Acrylic on paper.

    Author’s Website: None

    Illustrator’s Website

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