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From Booklist Schroeder?s background as a crime writer shows in the smooth flow of these eight tales of notorious robberies. He walks a fine line between clearly reporting the details of the crime and making sure the interest level remains high enough to keep his readers engaged. Schroeder gives a resolution to each of his stories, even those that seem more open-ended, such as the D. B. Cooper hijacking. Simard?s illustrations are very clear, with an angled, cartoonish feel that makes them appropriate for the intended audience but not so young looking as to turn off middle-school readers. Rather than just showing the action, the illustrations tell part of the story, making the book a hybrid of comics and prose. Some of the illustrations are oddly placed and impede the narrative flow, but this is a minor complaint for an otherwise enjoyable book. Grades 4-8. --Snow Wildsmith --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. Read more Review A fascinating account of some intriguing and intricate robberies and the thieves who pulled them off... perfect for reluctant readers. (Heidi Grange GEO Librarian 2013-02-07)Schroeder's background as a crime writer shows in the smooth flow of these eight tales of notorious robberies.... Enjoyable. (Snow Wildsmith Booklist 2012-11-15)Simard's light comic-style drawings complement Schroeder's humorous text in these well-documented vignettes. (Mackin Books in Bloom 2013-01-04)Beginning with the exploits of Soapy Smith in Skagway, Alaska during the 1890s Gold Rush, and including the theft of the Mona Lisa, the Great Train Robbery in London, and several other ingenious bank heists, each story is fast-paced and fascinating. (Carolyn Cutt Resource Links)Entertaining from the start, Robbers! should find an audience among readers who like a good heist. (Travis Jonker School Library Journal)Both boys and girls will eagerly turn the pages of Andreas Schroeder's collection of real-life tales of actual heists that made headlines around the world. Schroeder's text is compelling and Simard's black-and-white illustrations give the book the look of a graphic novel. (Maryleah Otto Muskokan 2013-07-05) Read more See all Editorial Reviews