Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal

Coretta Scott King Author Award Read about the fascinating life of Bass Reeves, who escaped slavery to become the first African American Deputy US Marshal west of the Mississippi. Sitting… Read More →

  • Lexile: 860
  • ATOS: 5.2
  • Dewey: 363.28'2092
  • Copyright: 2009


“Accentuated with a palette knife, Christie’s sharply textured paintings create an impressionist background of an unformed land as well as detailed portraits of this multi-dimensional individual, his bold black hat conveying unmistakable authority.” … View →


“An exciting subject captured with narrative panache and visual swagger, Bass Reeves stands to finally gain his share of adulation from kids drawn to the rough-and-tumble Old West.” —Booklist View →


“Nelson’s well-researched biography reads much like a tall tale or frontier legend – as well it should: ‘Outlaws learned that when Marshal Reeves had your warrant, you were as good as got. . . ’ Christie’s bold full-page paintings echo the heroic… View →


“With lively language and anecdotes, Nelson (Juneteenth) chronicles the life of African-American lawman Bass Reeves in a biography that elevates him to folk hero. . . It’s an arresting portrait of a man who rose from escaped slave in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) View →


“Christie’s memorable paintings convey Reeves’s determination and caring, while rugged brushstrokes form the frontier terrain. Youngsters will find much to admire here.” —School Library Journal View →