Lisa Nocita's Reviews > Can I See Your I.D.?: True Stories of False Identities: True Stories of False Identities

Can I See Your I.D.? by Chris  Barton
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Jun 05, 12

bookshelves: ya-2011, tag-2012-13
Recommended for: reluctant readers
Read on June 05, 2012

Can I See Your I.D.? is a collection of 10 short biographies of real people who assumed a false identity for one reason or another. The stories span from the civil war to modern times. The reasons for their duplicity vary widely, some are born con artists while others are merely trying to survive. Some of the stories are quite astonishing.

This is perhaps a good recommendation for a reluctant reader or as a read aloud in class. The stories are only a few pages each and read very quickly. It might also be a good springboard for a biography unit that could inspire or suggest further research. The author thoughtfully includes a bibliography for each of his subjects. Or, it could inspire a creative writing assignment as students create their own false identities.

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