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ERIC Number: EJ877065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar-1
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
True Grit: In Tracking down the Real Story of a Legendary Hero of the Old West, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson also Nabbed the Coretta Scott King Award
Fleishhacker, Joy
School Library Journal, v56 n3 p30-33 Mar 2010
When Vaunda Micheaux Nelson donned a black Stetson to become the biographer of Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves, she had no idea that her square-shooting book about an unsung African-American hero of the Old West would win over a posse of fans and earn her the prestigious 2010 Coretta Scott King (CSK) Author Award. "Bad News for Outlaws" (Lerner, 2009), a riveting and revealing picture-book biography dramatically illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, has turned out to be good news for Nelson, generating excitement among young readers and bringing to light an individual well worth knowing. Throughout her career, Nelson has worn a variety of professional hats, including teacher, newspaper reporter, and bookseller. She has spent the last 16 years as a youth services librarian and is also the author of several critically acclaimed books. "Bad News for Outlaws" crosses boldly into the realm of nonfiction, telling a meticulously researched and jaw-droppingly amazing true-life tale with the flavor, suspense, and drama of an Old West yarn. This article features a short conversation with Nelson about her award, career as a writer, and her childhood experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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