Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 5
As long as there have been people willing to believe the unbelievable, people have been duped. In the best storytelling tradition, readers can follow the tales of:
• How the Nazis planned to destroy the British economy during World War II by flooding the world with millions of fake British banknotes • How an infamous radio broadcast had American citizens convinced that Martians were invading the country • How one of the 20th century’s most elaborate scams — conducting tours to the lost Tasaday tribe in the Philippines — fooled the world’s media and top scientists for nearly a decade.
The author’s fascination with the boldness and inventiveness of the swindlers, as well as their motives, makes for a compelling read. The stories instill a sense of disbelief, amusement and even grudging admiration for these ingenious scam artists who often (but not always) meet a bad end.
Accompanied by graphic-style artwork, each tale offers a great escape for readers drawn to true stories presented in a lively fashion.
About the authors
Andreas Schroeder is the author of twenty books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, translations, journalism and literary criticism. His books have won or been shortlisted for many awards including the Governor-General’s Award, the Sealbooks First Novel Award, the Stephen Leacock Award, the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Non-Fiction and the Red Maple Award. For his literary journalism he was shortlisted for a National Magazine Award, and won the Canadian Association of Journalists’ Best Investigative Journalism Award. He received an Honourary Doctorate of Letters from the University College of the Fraser Valley in 2002. Schroeder currently holds the Rogers Communications Chair in Creative Nonfiction in the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing Program. He lives in Roberts Creek on BC’s Sunshine Coast with his wife Sharon Oddie Brown.
RÉMY SIMARD est une figure importante du monde québécois de l’édition. Il est à la fois bédéiste, illustrateur et auteur d’albums et de romans pour la jeunesse. Il a aussi dirigé une maison d’édition consacrée à la bande dessinée avant de travailler comme directeur de collection jeunesse. Rémy vit à Montréal, au Québec.
Rémy Simard has illustrated many books for children. He is also the author of a series of graphic novels which is being adapted for television. Rémy has been shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award and is well known and regarded for his comic style. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.
- Short-listed, Silver Birch Award
“... a fun lesson on how the masses can be made into fools.”
School Library Journal, 01/12
Duped! True Stories of the World’s Best Swindlers (It Actually Happened)Each tale in this book uncovers the facts behind eight of the most outrageous scams of all time. Read about a stone-age tribe discovered in the jungles of the Philippines in the 1970s, the discovery of two new plays by William Shakespeare, and a radio broadcast that reported Martians were attacking. These tales of trickery, accompanied by graphic-style artwork, will enthrall readers.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.
Other titles by Andreas Schroeder
Other titles by Remy Simard
Les contes de Clifford : Le haricot magique et le gros chien rouge
Les contes de Clifford : Blanche Neige et les sept chiots
Les contes de Clifford : Cendrillon et le gros chien rouge
Les contes de Clifford : Les trois petits cochons et le gros chien rouge
Big Red School (Clifford the Big Red Dog Storybook)
It's Pool Time! (Clifford the Big Red Dog Storybook)
Simone: Even More Monstrous!
Simone: The Best Monster Ever!
The Graphic Novel