Non-Fiction Monday: Award Winners

This has been a fun month. Fun because many of the nominations for the CYBILS NFPB category have ended up on other award lists.

Five made the Orbis  Pictus Award from NCTE:

The Secret World of Walter Anderson by Hester Bass won the Orbis Pictus.  I loved that book and reviewed it here.  Alice B. Mc Ginty’s Darwin book garnered an honor from the Orbis Pictus committee, reviewed here. And three more were on the NCTE recommended list:

Eleanor, Quiet No More by Doreen Rappaport
Life in the Boreal Forest by Brenda Z. Guiberson
One Giant Leap by Robert Burleigh

It once again affirms just how strong this category was for the CYBILS this year.

Another book, Bad News for Outlaws, the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall, which due to the publication date (past the October 15 deadline) did not qualify for the CYBILS received  the Coretta Scott King Award by the American Library Association.

Bad News for Outlaws is written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.  I sat down to read it on this rainy Sunday afternoon.  It’s an informative read about the life of Bass Reeves.  I love learning these little known stories about people who have made an impact on history.  Something that really impressed me was that Reeves was a U.S. Marshall for 32 years.   Born a slave, Reeves escape by running away and living among Native American tribes (I wonder which one).  What an act of bravery.  His methods were fair and sometimes unconventional as he disguised himself to bring in criminals.

Nelson says that Reeves life almost reads as a tall tale.  She’s right but what a life.  She also mentions how the TV westerns such as The Lone Ranger, Bonzana, Hopilong Cassidy (some of my faves), etc. informed her childhood and what would life been like had we been introduced to someone like Reeves as a TV program. She’s right there.

There is a great timeline, lots of further reading lists, and a glossary of western words.  Christie’s illustrations are rich and complement the text fabulously.

Title: Bad News for Outlaws: the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, U.S. Deputy Marshall
Author: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Published: 2009
Pages: unpaged
Reading Level: All
Publisher: Learner Books
ISBN: 978-0-8225-6764-6
Source of Book: Sent by publisher

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