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Outlaws, Gunslingers, and Thieves
     

Outlaws, Gunslingers, and Thieves

by Heather E. Schwartz
 

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Hang on to your wallet-and watch your neck! You're about to encounter some of the worst gunslingers to wreak havoc on the Old West. The most notorious outlaws were known for their fearless drive, their quick shot with a pistol, their odd trademarks, and their way of escaping the law over and over again. Are you brave enough to read on?

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Hang on to your wallet-and watch your neck! You're about to encounter some of the worst gunslingers to wreak havoc on the Old West. The most notorious outlaws were known for their fearless drive, their quick shot with a pistol, their odd trademarks, and their way of escaping the law over and over again. Are you brave enough to read on?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
The Wild West continues to appeal to readers, movie fans, and storytellers in general. One need only think about figures such as Butch Cassidy, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and The Sundance Kid to conjure up any number of factual or fictional memories about the West. In reality, the true stories about these people's lives are often far different than the legends that surround them. For example, Jesse James was often viewed as a Robin Hood of the West who robbed from the rich and protected the poor. In realty, Jesse James was a bloodthirsty killer who was nursed with the violence of the Civil War and went on to be a brutal bank robber who never shied away from gunning people down. Conversely Black Bart has been the source of untold violent Hollywood parodies while, in reality, he was a highwayman who never shot anyone and often left poems behind with the victims of his armed robberies. It is the stuff of legends and history that author Schwartz presents in this volume of the illustrated "Shock Zone Villains" series. As with other books in this edgy series, the stories told are essentially about evil. In telling these stories through mini-biographies Schwartz touches on shootings, hangings, gun fights, and violence that were part and parcel of the Wild West. Of course, this type of writing may not appeal to all readers but surely will to those with any sort of interest in bad men and women of the West or crime in general. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
VOYA - Dawn Talbott
In this multivolume series about bad guys of all types, readers learn about some of the most notorious people in history. The Outlaws, Gunslingers And Thieves volume features information about men and women like Jesse James, Wyatt Earp, and Belle Star. This series is very visually appealing and fits easily into the preferences of style common to today's readers by using concise text with easy-to-read language that features interesting voice. Each wicked profile has a two- or four-page full-colored spread with text, illustrations, and photos. Every volume starts with a two-page introduction of the topic spotlighted. There is not a glossary, but each selection includes a defined word in a text box, so unfamiliar words are located right near the context, a very user-friendly aspect of the series. A table of contents makes it easy for readers to find the information about a specific personality if they so choose. The accounts are overall summaries of the lives of each of the characters, including significant dates, which is a great way to get some basic knowledge about these nefarious people. If doing research, however, a much more in-depth source would be needed for a solid base. This set is a great way to add some fiendish fun to a collection of biographies. (Shock Zone: Villains) Reviewer: Dawn Talbott

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781467708999
Publisher:
Lerner Classroom
Publication date:
03/28/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Heather E. Schwartz is the author of more than 20 books for young readers. She is also the editorial director of http://www.writeinthemiddle.co/, a webzine/resource for middle school students who are passionate about writing, as well as the founder of http://ihategymclass.com/, site that supports girls in sports.

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