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Publisher's Summary

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson received the Coretta Scott King Award for her children’s book Almost to Freedom. Here she relays the extraordinary story of Bass Reeves, a lawman in the Old West who escaped slavery to become one of the most successful U.S. Marshals in history.

©2009 Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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“Here, children can saddle up with a genuine Western hero in a narrative that hits the bull’s-eye.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Bass Reeves' life was used for Gunsmoke's hero

The man and the real hero of the west, Bass Reeves! His real life exploits can be seen in Matt Dillion (Gunsmoke) and Wild Wild West. Give a listen and you will want more. I did, I even went to see his statue...totally awesome!

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Great story Great read

Great story and a great narration......could have kept the commercial at the end. Don't see the point.

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  • Alex
  • Canada
  • 12-30-11

Bad News is Good News

A true story.
Written for kids but fine for their parents/adults too.
Good guys and bad guys.
Action.
A Black Hero.....A real-life Black hero.
Well presented.
A good choice.