Monday, January 11, 2016

Book review: Fantastic Fugitives- Criminals, Cutthroats, and Rebels Who Changed History (While on the Run!)

Disclosure: I received this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 

I admit it, I am a total sucker for anything related to history. I'm completely fascinated by the people and events of the past that shaped our modern world. So I was very happy when I recently received a new book- Fantastic Fugitives: Criminals, Cutthroats, and Rebels Who Changed History (While on the Run!), by Brianna DuMont. Here's a bit about the book, from the publisher's website:

Think fugitives are always bad guys running from the law? Think again! The twelve fugitives in this book annoyed everyone, including queens, presidents and popes. But they didn’t let the peeved or the powerful stop them from breaking laws. They stood up for what they believed in, which could be as noble as freedom or as greedy as money. They founded countries, won wars, and even ended empires—all while on the run! Follow the twists and turns of these lawbreaking lives to learn how anyone can change the world. Even you! Just make sure you have your running shoes tied tight.

This book is intended for kids ages 10-14, but I really enjoyed it as well! The stories are presented in an informal manner with funny comments, lots of graphics and definitions of phrases that may be unfamiliar. The author does a great job of making the characters in this book seem like real, living people, not just a famous name. This book makes history fun and approachable and isn't at all dry or boring. I can't wait to share it with my kids when they get older!