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Caught!: Nabbing History's Most Wanted

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  36 reviews
A humorous look at how famous people got caught, including Joan of Arc, Blackbeard, Al Capone, and more! From the award-winning team that brought you How They Croaked and How They Choked .

Outlaw, assassin, art thief, and spy, these fourteen troublemakers and crooks--including Blackbeard the pirate, Typhoid Mary, and gangster Al Capone--have given the good guys a
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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John Clark
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rich in juicy details and written in a breezy, humorous style that younger teens will like a lot, this book depicts the lives of wanted people. Some have really high name recognition, while others are obscure but had an impact on history. There's a notorious soul in here for every reader and, in addition to the biographical narrative, there are timelines and further facts about each person following their story. At the back are bibliographical and online resources for each person profiled, so ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Really wanted to like this, but it doesnt handle issues of mental health and racism well at all. It could have done this and still kept the overall jocular tone, but instead it either ignored situations or, as in the section on Jesse James, attributes his involvement in racist activities to his mothers influence rather than as his own actions. ...more
Read  Ribbet
The creative team of Bragg and O'Malley were responsible for Croaked and Choked two of my favorite nonfiction anthologies for intermediate and young adults. Caught! is their third book. This time they look at 13 famous individuals and how they were caught for deeds they did or were assumed they did. Beginning with Joan of Arc and ending with Al Capone, it spans history as it tells the tails of people who readers will know as well as some lesser known individuals. The narrative descriptions of ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Caught! Nabbing Historys Most Wanted by Georgia Bragg, illustrated by Kevin OMalley, 216 pages. NON-FICTION Crown Books for Young Readers (Penguin), 2019. $19

Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG-13.



Fourteen different historical figures are compiled in this book because at some point in their illustrious career they were caught by the authorities. Whether they were guilty or not depends on the person, but their
Kyla Alvey
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Super fun read, very well written, informative, honest, also loved how it had definitions at the end of every chapter, makes it nice to have that handy when reading to children!
Madeline Swartz
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it

Caught! is one of many books you can find by the wonderful Georgia Bragg. Published by Crown Books in New York, New York in 2019, we are given access to the hidden lives of the most wanted criminals throughout history. From my perspective, this book is very interesting but seems to be written in a loose, nonchalant, format. We are given the details of some of the most infamous individuals in history and the author seems to add in their own style to the story, adding in false quotes and butting
Just as much fun as How They Croaked and How They Choked by this same creative team, this title gives background about 14 notorious individuals, some considered criminals and others just born at the wrong time. I loved the gossipy quality of the writing and how the author provides tidbits about each one's formative years and their so-called dastardly crimes but mostly focuses on how they were caught and brought to justice, even if that sometimes meant being shot or imprisoned on an island. ...more
May 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is not the worst book I have ever read, but I found it to be frustrating and a little boring for the intended audience. I read it with my 11 year old son, and he was completely annoyed. "Caught" is divided into little sections dedicated to various criminals and bad guys (and girls) throughout history, which on the surface sounds kind of interesting. However, the writing seemed to be geared more toward adults, and narrowing your focus to one "bad guy" at a time also means you have to give ...more
Stephanie Tournas
Fourteen outlaws from the annals of history are profiled in this entertaining book. From Joan of Arc in the 15th century, to Anna Anderson (fraudulent heir to the last Russian czar) in the 19th century, what these people have in common is they all eluded the law, until, well, they didn't. Clever, humorous writing, with historical perspective and related facts, make this a fun book to pick up even for short spurts of reading. The profiles, although irreverent, still are packed with interesting ...more
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Caught! Nabbing History's Most Wanted, is a delightful way to learn about famous historical figures and the time periods in which they lived. The book is divided into short chapter that follow a format: quick facts, a narrative of the individual and the times, facts and stats, and words and phrases. The author's style is informal, using phrases that would appeal to young adult readers, such as in this description of Caravaggio, "Artists are people, too, and sometimes they mess up. It's not ...more
Sandy Brehl
This will hit the spot with [articuclar audiences- and is very accessible due to short profiles, contemporary language and reader-friendly humor, arranged on the page with lots of white space, moderate font size, and comic-style line drawings. This may just "'nab" some of those reluctant readers (of either gender) and lead to further readings, both fiction and nonfiction.
Can be accessed one criminal at a time, or as a whole. A full read reveals a variety of patterns that can be discussed and
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Georgia Bragg's writing was perfect for this book. She wove facts and events from history together to write compelling life sketches complete with clever quips and her own humorous morals and advice. Each chapter features a different criminal and ends with useful and revealing facts and stats. All very accessible and interesting. She also did a good job at navigating the promiscuity of a few of the criminals 😬 to make it more age appropriate. I would personally recommend this for 4th grade and ...more
Abby Johnson
The humorous and irreverent tone will certainly appeal to particular readers, although I had issues with judgmental language, lack of diversity (every person featured is white European or white American), and lack of sources for quotes attributed to historical figures (some of which are actual quotes and some of which are not). This is a book for fun, not for research, so definitely has its place among high appeal nonfiction. A bibliography is included, but no resources for further reading that ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-2021-msba
Bragg writes about some of the world's best-known criminals from Al Capone to John Wilkes Booth and some lesser-known criminals like Mona Lisa nabbing art thief Vincenzo Peruggia. Bragg has a breezy and humorous style. When writing about Billy the Kid, the author writes that he killed the sheriff. And the deputy. And when writing about Mary Mallon, she writes of Dr. Soper's investigation of how she infected people with typhoid that he "followed the long and winding fecal trail." Nominated for ...more
Roger Adams
I thought I would enjoy this as much as my youngest son (9), who couldn't stop talking about it. As one of the first real history books he's read, true-crime makes for an odd genre to get him hooked on non-fiction. Bragg leaves out a lot of context in which these outlaws and baddies lived, and she sugarcoats much of the racism and anti-immigrant sentiments held during many of these folks' times. I can't really recommend it, but I don't think it's entirely without merit either.
There's some good information in here--the jokey writing style that's designed to appeal to teens wasn't really my thing, but might work for the intended audience. This is written in short chapters each detailing a notorious criminal and how they were caught. It would be a good intro to some history and might inspire further reading on favorite stories.
This is a true crime book for kids. The book gives the story of 14 famous criminals, telling who they were, what they did, and what happened to them. This reads really well and the illustrations are quite funny. I also liked how there was a facts section at the end of each story with a vocabulary list as well.
Heidi Rikard
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faves-of-2020
Very fun nonfiction account of several infamous "criminals" throughout history and how they were caught. Some were innocent, though, and it makes it that much more interesting to see how things got out of hand before there were checks and balances in place for law enforcement. Suited for middle school on up.
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
A solid high-interest read for kids who enjoy or prefer nonfiction. Typically, I enjoy humor in a book for kids, and in some of the stories it played well, but it could rip toward cutesy and too much tongue-in-cheek left me explaining a lot of references or explaining the tone. Great back matter with many sources listed for further study.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've read excerpts from other collections by this pair, and they are always both informative and fun. This volume was no exception, with a collection of criminals, n'er-do-wells, and those unfairly punished. I appreciate the detailed bibliography at the back (as a librarian), and I think the chapters would make great text excerpts for any kind of nonfiction reading lesson.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, biography
I loved Braggs How They Choked. This one was just okay for me. Sometimes the tone felt entirely too light and irreverent. Many of the people featured here were convicted murderers. The tone of the book didnt match the content. The illustrations remain spectacular though. ...more
Liz Friend
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
The story: Spies, art thieves, and pirates--some were excuted and some got away...but at some point, they were all caught! Here are their stories, told by the same author who wrote "How They Croaked". Entertaining historical non-fiction!

The book is non-fiction, so June Cleaver's ratings don't apply. Best for grades 5-up.

Liz's comments: There's not a lot of detail here, but that makes it perfect for the intended audience. The text is snarky and fun to read, and the quirky illustrations add a lot!
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Targets a younger audience, but adds interesting factoids to some of the more famous subjects and must confess I knew nothing of the spy Otto Kuehn (speaking of spies, poor Mata Hari got a raw deal). Written with a great deal of humour, but educational.
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Apr 07, 2020 added it
Shelves: ages-12-13
The author of "How They Croaked" is back with another irreverent look at history. This time, discover how criminals (and a few innocents who were railroaded) got caught. Cheeky but with tons of back matter explaining it's all real!

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Oct 14, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-new
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting information but the snarky tone was not my favorite.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this was really funny, I liked it.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-6th-grade
I know kids love these books, but I find their tone off putting.
Dana Fontaine
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Ive liked all the others books in the series, but this just seemed like the books writing was talking down to the reader. It needed to talk normally to the audience who was reading it. ...more
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