Bad News for Outlaws

By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; Illustrations by R. Gregory Christie (Carolrhoda Books, $17.95) Ages 8-12.
By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; Illustrations by R. Gregory Christie (Carolrhoda Books, $17.95) Ages 8-12.

Escaping from slavery in 1838, Bass Reeves went on to become one of the most feared deputy U.S. marshals in the Indian Territory, living among the Indians before Judge Isaac Parker hired him as a lawman in 1875. His patience and ambition for justice made him a fair and respected lawman, while also giving him the skills he needed to overcome racism and cruelty from others. Reeves continually chose right from wrong, even when emotions became involved; he had to arrest his own son for murder. Known for his quick shot and clever disguises, he captured more than 3,000 criminals during 30 years of service. Bad News for Outlaws teaches kids a lesson in racial tolerance by not only sharing how this remarkable man overcame the adversity he faced for the color of his skin, but also that he overcame it in such a way that he is to this day one of the better known Old West characters.

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