Jess Brown's Reviews > Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal

Bad News for Outlaws by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
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Apr 08, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, childrens-lit, older-elementary, old-west-western, picture-book, nonfiction

Bass Reeves truly did have a remarkable life, much like the title suggests. He was (seemingly) single-handedly responsible for keeping the peace in what is now Oklahoma during the days of western expansion and outlaws running loose. His career as a deputy U.S. marshal ended when Oklahoma became an official state. Rather than retiring, he joined the police force in Muskogee, despite being seventy-years-old. According to the book, not a single crime occurred during his time on the police force. I think this book would be best for boys who'd like some quality nonfiction, with guns and historical interest. It's a bit lengthy for a read aloud, but might be good for one-on-one reading aloud.

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