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Gangsters, Bootleggers, and Bandits
ISBN: 9781467706049
Author: Schwartz, Heather E.
Publisher: Lerner Pub Group
Published: March 2013
Retail: $26.65    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: A series that introduces the most vile criminals, killers and corrupt leaders the world has ever seen with narratives that weave together the freakish facts and antics of these tyrants-- exposing the filthy rotten scoundrels they truly were--through engaging visuals and fast-paced, accessible text that is sure to appeal to kids who want their high-interest subjects served up with an edge. Simultaneous.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 6.75" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Reference, Middle School, History, Biographies
Grade level(s): 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
This series presents brief biographical vignettes of some of the world's most notorious villains. The chatty, informal writing style is entertaining, but the gruesome anecdotes and graphic illustrations aren't for the faint-hearted. The authors' selections are largely lesser-known villainous figures (Hitler, Pol Pot, and Henry VIII are not included). Period art, archival photographs, and text boxes fill the pages. Reading list, websites. Ind. [Review covers these ShockZone--Villains titles: Merciless Monarchs and Ruthless Royalty, Pirates, Scoundrels, and Scallywags, Lethal Leaders and Military Madmen, Assassins, Traitors, and Spies, Gangsters, Bootleggers, and Bandits, and Outlaws, Gunslingers, and Thieves.]
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 April)

Gr 5–8—These high-interest, brief books deliver information about some of history's most notorious villains, most in two-page biographical sketches that relate their nefarious deeds without delving into gory details. While popular topics such as pirates and outlaws will always attract an audience, the brevity of each profile means that this set does not deliver enough background information to help readers fully place many of these people into historical contexts (such as Prohibition or the Cold War) and/or explain their actions. That weakness is most obvious in Monarchs, Assassins, and Gangsters, in which students may find the actions of "Bloody Mary," Al Capone, and others mystifying. Full-color and black-and-white photos and reproductions, word definitions in text boxes, and sidebars supplement the short biographies. Most of these figures have been written about in extant titles, making these books additional choices for reluctant readers.

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