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Young Reader Award (Ages 6-10)
Bad News for Outlaw: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Published by Carolrhoda Books
Tales of the Wild West don't get any better than the life and times of Bass Reeves, the first African-American deputy U.S. marshal and the most successful in American history. Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrator R. Gregory Christie bring this fascinating historical figure to life in Bad News for Outlaws, The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves; Deputy U. S. Marshal.
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 U.S. 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.
Bad News for Outlaws reveals the story of a remarkable African American hero of the Old West.
Young Adult Award (Ages 10+)
Marcelo in the Real World
Written by Francisco X. Stork
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books
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