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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (717 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Narrator: Kevin R. Free Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781449853396
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Sitting tall in the saddle, with a wide-brimmed black hat and twin Colt pistols on his belt, Bass Reeves seemed bigger than life. As a US Marshal—and former slave who escaped to freedom in the Indian Territories—Bass 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 achieved all this in spite of whites who didn’t like the notion of a black lawman.

For three decades, Bass was the most feared and respected lawman in the territories. He made more than three thousand arrests, and though he was a crack shot and a quick draw, he only killed fourteen men in the line of duty. Bad News for Outlaws reveals the story of a remarkable African American hero of the Old West.

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  • “Here, children can saddle up with a genuine Western hero in a narrative that hits the bull’s-eye.” Kirkus Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 2/11/2014

    " This historical book about the life of Bass Reeves, U.S. Marshal, provided me with some insight into the life of an African American deputy who lived outwest. I found this to be a powerful life story because this was a time just after the Civil War and Bass Reeves managed to become very respected and held a high rank. I really enjoyed this book and plan to add this to my collection. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miste | 1/30/2014

    " Whitman reading list book. Interesting bit of history that I never knew. Would be interesting to read more indepth about Bass Reeves in something besides a picture book. Would probably make a great movie or something on the history channel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Carr | 1/29/2014

    " Bass Reeves really was a remarkable man worthy of discussion for his honesty, devotion to family, devotion to freedom & justice, and the amazing career he had as a U.S. Deputy Marshal. This book will most definitely appeal to boys of any age and parents will love it because of the great morals and lessons it teaches about self-control. Loved this book! Love this man! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) | 1/27/2014

    " I have been reading through non-fiction picture books for the intermediate grades lately and this one came highly recommended. The author does a phenomenal job with the text and Gregory Christie's illustrations enhance the text that tells the story of the life of Bass Reeves. Not knowing a lot about Bass Reeves I can't tell how much the story was embellished but it was fun to read about his life as a Marshal. I almost felt like I was reading about some folk legend. This would be an entertaining read aloud in a classroom. Definitely recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lana Clifton | 1/24/2014

    " This is based on a true story about a wild west, African American legend by the name of Bass Reeves. This story poignantly details the courage and bravery of an ex-slave who found refugee with Native Americans; and also explains how he later became the first black U.S. Deputy Marshall to "tame Indian Territory" after the Civil War. The authors voice brings life to this unsung hero. Worthy of the Coretta Sott King Award. I would use this book to explore African American perspectives during westward expansion in the 3rd-5th grade classroom. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 1/17/2014

    " I thought this would be more substantial than it was. It's a fun point-of-entry bio that reads like a tall tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Mcavoy | 1/7/2014

    " A great book for kids 9-12. (and any adult) A fun story about a remarkable heroic western lawman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke Herbst | 1/2/2014

    " Historical book about the Bass Reeves from Slave to Lawman. Bass Reeves may have been the first African American U.S. Marshal. Great artwork (R. Gregory Christie) to go along with a well written story by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica - Bonner Springs Library | 12/2/2013

    " Coretta Scott King Book Award 2010 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 11/23/2013

    " A far better role model for young boys than some of today's men. An amazing amount of integrity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April Helms | 11/4/2013

    " This book, good for gradeschool age, relates the story of Bass Reeves, a deputy marshal in the days of the Wild West. He was born a slave, but as a deputy marshal, he was known for making more than 3,000 arrests in his three decades of service. A great story on a little-known American hero. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey Bates | 7/8/2013

    " Tells the fascinating story of Bass Reeves, a U.S. Marshal who had one of the most impressive records ever. I have never heard of Bass and now I want to read more about him! The pictures were alright. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marti | 4/21/2013

    " I'd never heard of Bass Reeves until I read this book and he is amazing! We need a Western movie about him... stat! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Temoca | 10/24/2012

    " Great little historical story about Bass Reeves as the first African American U.S. Marshal. The facts are interesting and pieces in the story inspired lots of ideas for lessons in my classroom. I'd be very excited to share Bass Reeves' story with my students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya Windham | 7/24/2012

    " Really good book about a Black Deputy U.S. Marshall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 3/11/2012

    " A tall-tale hero that really lived! Doesn't get better than that. Bass Reeves is larger than life and an admirable figure in history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 3/8/2012

    " Yes Virginia there were African american cowboys and lawmen. Bass Reeves was a real person and this book brings home the reality of his life to young readers Yeah!!! "

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