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    Bad News for Outlaws
    The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal
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    Also available in: E-Book
    ©2009
    ISBN-13: 978-0-8225-6764-6
    AR Quiz #: 131426
    AR Points: 0.50
    ATOS Level: 5.20
    Guided Reading: T
    Lexile Level: 860
    SRC Reading Level: 5.6
    Pages: 40
    Trim Size: 9 1/4 x 11 3/4
    Dewey: 363.28'2092
    Reading Grade Level: 4
    Interest Grade Level: 3-6
    Ages: 8-12
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    DESCRIPTION Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
    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 US Marshal. 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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    Book Features
    Author Biography, Author's Note, Bibliography, Black-and-White Illustrations, Glossary, Primary Source Quotations, Source Notes, Timeline
    About the Author
    Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is the author of The Book Itch, as well as three Coretta Scott King Award-winning books: No Crystal Stair, Bad News for Outlaws, and Almost to Freedom. She is a youth services librarian in New Mexico.
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    About the Illustrator
    R. Gregory Christie's illustrations have earned him five Coretta Scott King Honors and two spots on the New York Times' annual Best Illustrated Children's Books lists. He lives in Georgia.
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    Awards for this Title
    ALA Notable Children's Books
    Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award
    Bluestem Award
    Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children
    Carter G. Woodson Book Award
    Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
    Coretta Scott King Author Award
    ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award
    Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards
    National Endowment for the Humanities Nonfiction Booklist for Young Readers
    NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
    New Mexico-Arizona Book Award
    Notable Books for a Global Society
    Once Upon a World Children's Book Award
    Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards
    SCBWI Golden Kite Award
    Virginia Readers' Choice Award
    Western Writers of America Spur Awards
    Starred Reviews
    The Horn Book Magazine
    "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."
    --The Horn Book Magazine
    Kirkus Reviews
    "Nelson's well-researched biography reads much like a tall tale or frontier legend - as well it should: 'Outlaws learned that when Marshal Reeves had your warrant, you were as good as got. . . ' Christie's bold full-page paintings echo the heroic spirit. . . children can saddle up with a genuine Western hero in a narrative that hits the bull's-eye."
    --Kirkus Reviews
     
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    "An exciting subject captured with narrative panache and visual swagger, Bass Reeves stands to finally gain his share of adulation from kids drawn to the rough-and-tumble Old West."
    --Booklist