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Outlaws, Spies, and Gangsters - Chasing Notorious Criminals

Outlaws, Spies, and Gangsters

Chasing Notorious Criminals

Categories: Children's Nonfiction
Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 5–5
Reading Level:
Common Core Correlations
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Paperback : 9781554516209, 148 pages, January 2014 , 9.00" x 6.52"
Hardcover : 9781554516216, 148 pages, January 2014 , 9.30" x 6.72"


Experience all the thrills and suspense of chasing down the world’s highest-profile criminals.

What does it take to catch a criminal? Not just any criminal, but one of the world’s most wanted? In Outlaws, Spies, and Gangsters, Laura Scandiffo chronicles eight of history’s most famous manhunts, from searches for drug dealers to dictators, hackers to henchmen. Discover the danger and intrigue behind these riveting stories of daring and perseverance. Read about the great lengths authorities went to, to catch:

• Albert “Mad Trapper” Johnson, an unpredictable and violent fugitive in Canada’s Northwest Territories
• Bank robber and escape artist extraordinaire John Dillinger, America’s frst “Public Enemy Number One”
• Adolf Eichmann, Hitler’s right-hand man and the world’s most notorious war criminal
• Manuel Noriega, Panama’s corrupt and tyrannical president
• CIA mole Aldrich Ames, whose longing for the high life led to the disappearances and murders of many of his fellow colleagues
• Vladimir Levin, the world’s frst high-profle computer hacker
• Christopher “Dudus” Coke—a dangerous, but also revered, Jamaican gang leader
• Osama bin Laden, the terrorist who became a household name after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

An introduction and afterword help frame these remarkable stories, which also address how manhunts have changed over time. Gareth Williams’ bright, dramatic art makes each exciting tale jump off the page.


“It was nice to see that there were plenty of things here that I didn't know yet. ”

- Second Bookshelf on the Right, 09/20/14

“Well written . . . artwork is dramatic and compelling. ”

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 07/21/15

“Engagingly written . . . would be a welcome addition, especially . . . where high-interest, collective biographies are in demand. ”

- School Library Journal, 08/14

“Scandiffio has authored fast-paced narratives that will appeal to the male readership. ”

- CM Reviews, 04/11/14

“An engaging narrative nonfiction voice . . . Scandiffio threads the tales with thoughtful reflection on the changing modes of hunting down criminals. ”

- Booklist, 09/15/14

“An appealing way to bring reluctant readers to history. ”

- Kirkus Reviews, 05/28/14

“Informational. ”

- Library Media Connection, 06/14

“Middle school students interested in crime and criminals will be fascinated by this easy-to-pick-up book. ”

- Resource Links, 10/14

“An excellent tool to start a discussion about the nature of crime. ”

- National Reading Campaign, 01/24/14