Laura Scandiffio
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Outlaws, Spies, and Gangsters

Awards & Recognition:

Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book

Best Bets, Top 10 Junior Non-Fiction, Ontario Library

2015 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult
  Readers nomination


“…engagingly written…would be a welcome addition, especially…where high-interest, collective biographies are in demand.”
––School Library Journal, 08/14

“…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, 05/28/14

“…an excellent tool to start a discussion about the nature of crime.”
––National Reading Campaign, Readerly, 01/24/14

"…Scandiffio has authored fast-paced narratives that will appeal to the male readership…”
––CM Reviews, 04/11/14

“Middle school students interested in crime and criminals will be fascinated by this easy-to-pick-up book.”
––Resource Links, 10/14

Outlaws, Spies, and Gangsters: Chasing Notorious Criminals

They’re on the run––or they’re in hiding. They may be loners or have a vast network of accomplices who help them elude the law. They often have money. And they are nearly impossible to catch.

Read about eight of the world's 
most wanted men –– and the great lengths taken to catch them. Exciting stories of outlaws trying to evade justice. 

With dramatic illustrations by Gareth Williams  

Read about:

Albert Johnson: the “Mad Trapper” who sparked a manhunt in the Canadian North

John Dillinger: brazen bank robber and the first “Public Enemy Number One”

Adolf Eichmann: Hitler's elusive henchman and war criminal

Manuel Noriega: the corrupt and tyrannical president of Panama

Aldrich Ames: CIA mole driven by greed and possessing nerves of steel

Vladimir Levin: cyber thief and the world’s first high-profile hacker

Christopher Coke: the dangerous, but also revered, leader of a powerful Jamaican gang

Osama Bin Laden: the architect of the 9/11 attacks

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