Bad News for Outlaws: Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves
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...more
Summary: Maintaining an infallible integrity and sense of character, Bass Reeves, U.S. Marshal in the Indian Territories from 1875 to 1907, (eventually to become Oklahoma) arrests over 3000 men and women in creative ways to establish peace in extremely unlawful areas. He kills only fourteen men in all that time and is never wounded. Vaunda Micheaux Nelson renews the interest in this forgotten African American hero of the American West with the true stories of a man bo...more
Category: biography, Coretta Scott King Award (author)
This is the story of Bass Reeves, a runaway slave who lived in Indian territory, living among Native Americans. He was later is hired as a U.S. deputy marshall in the territory that became Oklahoma. Over 32 years as a marshal, he captured hundreds of outlaws; he always got his man (and in the case of noto...more
In 1875, a U.S. Marshal in the so-called Indian Territory hired 200 deputies and, hearing about Reeves’ skill with Indian languages as well as with a gun, he took on Reeves as well.
Reeves worked for thirty-two years as a dep...more
When looking at the Coretta Scott King Award and applying it to the 2010 winner, Bad News for Outlaws, The remarkable life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal, I came to the following analysis. This colorfully narrated story was written by by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Each page describes factually accounts and details of the legendary life of Bass Reeves. The language used is straight from that time period, which gives it a s...more
Summary: This book tells the history of Bass Reeves, a feared and respected lawman of the old west. Born a slave, Reeves escaped to the Indian Territory and devoted his life to bringing law to the territory that would become Oklahoma.
Critique: (a.) This book reads as a tall tale, almost too good to be true. The style draws the reader in righ...more
Reading level: Lexile, 860L
Genre: Picture; Multicultural Literature; Historical Fiction
Main Characters: Bass Reeves
Setting: Indian Territories (1875-1907); present-day Oklahoma
POV: Third Person
Bad News for Outlaws talks about Bass Reeves,a U.S. Marshal in the Indian Territories from 1875 to 1907 (which eventually became Oklahoma). He was the first black man to become a U.S. Marshal and was good at being one. He arrested over 3000 men and women in creative ways to establ...more
Appeal: I think children interested in history, especially about the "Wild West" type of outlaw stories would love this book. Also children interested in learning about African American's part in helping settle our country.
Application: I would use this book in teaching about American history. It could also be ti...more
But you know what? That's okay. Some men deserve to be remembered that way, and apparently Reeves is one of those men. Bravo, Bass.
I appreciated the author's note at the end that explains why she ch...more
Winner of the 2010 Coretta Scott King award, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s well-researched account of Bass Reeves, slave turned Deputy U.S. Marshal, is a story of honesty and bravery. Bass Reeves’s story is told through a spirited, old-west narrative which will motivate reluctant readers. Kids will love learning about sharpshooter Reeves and how his disguises and trickery helped him arrest more than 3,000 outlaws over 32 years in Indian Territory. R. Gregory Christie’s p...more
bass reeves was a real life paul bunyun. born a slave, he escapes during the civil war into indian territory. he perfects his shooting and learns tracking, languages and the country. becomes a deputy marshall under the hanging judge, isaac parker. belle starr turns herself in rather than be tracked by him.
he's a sharpshooter that hates killing.
if luke short were an artist this is what his art would have tried to look like.
really great author notes.
this should be in all elementary...more
The best audience would probably be middle and upper grade students because the tone is serious...more
The author includes a bibliography and several historical notes. This story of "the finest deputy U.S. marshal of his time" would be mightily inspirational for disadvantaged youngsters who aspire to greater things.
The author received a 2004 Coretta Scott King Illus...more
This biographical picture book on Bass Reeves was all new to me. It tells the story of his life as a deputy U.S. Marshall. I haven't read many stories to my students about African American cowboys, but this one was so engaging, it makes me want to find more.
It's interesting that the author wrote about how Bass Reeves began his life as a slave, but doesn't spend much...more
This is an impressive book about the first Black U.S. Marshall, Bass Reeves. He was a real person who escaped slavery to become one of the most respected lawmen in Indian Territory. I thoroughly enjoy reading about Reeves life and times.
Text-To-Self This book brings back memories of old westerns my family used to watch on TV, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Rifle...more
Appeal:Written like a Louis L'Amour book, uses Old West jargon, makes you feel like you're reading a story, not a nonfiction book. Text pages look like Wanted posters from the day. Included at the end are a dictionary of Western Words used in the book as well as a timeline and recommendations for further reading and websites.
2010 Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner
What is the territory that Bass Reeves was...more
This is a story about Deputy Bass Reeves and the many adventures and bravery he overcame tracking down outlaws and bringing them to jail.
I rate this 5. This biography is beautifully written and reminds me of the book John Henry that I read a few weeks back. The book brings us into Bass’s world and shows us...more
Vaunda's first book, Always Gramma, was selected by the Children's Book Council as a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studie...more