Bad News for Outlaws

By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Bass Reeves... “One of the bravest men this country has ever known.” “The most feared deputy U.S. marshal that was ever heard of.” One of the first black deputy U.S. marshals west of the Mississippi.

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 lawless Indian Territory, he chose Bass to be a deputy U.S. 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 killed only 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.

  • Winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award.
  • “Nelson’s well-researched biography reads much like a tall tale or frontier legend. . . . Christie’s bold full-page paintings echo the heroic spirit... Here, children can saddle up with a genuine Western hero in a narrative that hits the bull's eye.” — starred, Kirkus Reviews

About the author

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is the author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books for children, including Almost to Freedom, which received a 2004 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award, and No Crystal Stair, which received a 2013 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award. In addition to writing books, she has also been a teacher, newspaper reporter, bookseller, and children’s librarian. She lives in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

About the illustrator

R. Gregory Christie is an award-winning illustrator of numerous picture books and is a three-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award for Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan, Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth, and The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker and on music CD covers. He lives in New York City.

ISBN: 9780822567646
Imprint: Carolrhoda Books – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Dimensions: 235 x 298mm, 40pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $29.99
New Zealand RRP: $32.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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