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Author: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Illustrator: R. Gregory Christie

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Publisher: HarperTrophy, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Colonel George Reeves was so impressed with the marksmanship skills of his young slave Bass that he would take him hunting and enter him in shooting contests. He even took Bass to fight beside him in the Civil War. After Bass got into an argument with Colonel Reeves and struck him, he had no choice but to run. He settled in Indian Territory; at the end of the Civil War, he bought some land in Arkansas and settled down. When outlaws started using Indian Territory for their hideouts - and wreaking havoc - it was time for the government to step in. Bass was deputized as a US Marshal. He captured many wanted men and women, even earning their respect. This is the illustrated biography of Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, remedial reader, reluctant reader

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Reading Level: 6.7

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fascinating book. In setting up Bass' life, the book is organized chronologically, but then it transitions to a more narrative story as it explains what people thought of Marshall Reeves and his accomplishments.

Pros: All readers - but especially boys - will love this book. Although it is a biography, it also offers history and life lessons, too.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a must-have for school and public libraries, but is an incredibly enjoyable read at home, too.

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Educational Themes: This is a fabulous book for exploring US history. The Social Studies uses are endless: geography, statehood, Civil War, Native American culture and tradition, rule of law. As a biography, the story weaves great details about Marshal Reeves' life with excellent information that allow for character discussions, too, particularly integrity, choices, and consequences.

Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at Book Expo America 2009.
Flesch Kincaid reading level 6.7

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - biography, US history, War, crime

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2009

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews or reader feedback found at the time of this review.


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