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Reviewed Titles Accelerated Reader
Graphic Library


Irreverent cartoon illustrations bring key social studies concepts to life in this delightful series. Fun text and humorous artwork make learning a breeze, whether it's about American institutions or crucial concepts in American life. Just in time for the 2008 presidential election!

GenreGraphic Nonfiction
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades 3-9
Lexile LevelGN810L
ATOS Level5.5
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #122742
PublisherCapstone Press
BrandGraphic Library
Page Dimensions7" x 9"
Page Count32
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $31.32 School/Library Price

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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database - Sue Poduska

"Part of the “Cartoon Nation” series, this very entertaining book gives a good overview of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The history begins with the ten agents recruited by Attorney General Charles Bonaparte in 1908. This was in response to President Theodore Roosevelt’s concern about criminals who escaped by crossing state lines. The author traces the growth of the bureau through prohibition, a name change, and the administration of J. Edgar Hoover. World War II and the cold war presented special challenges to the bureau, which had a big hand in catching spies. Today, the FBI has eight major divisions and recruits the best people into five areas of expertise. Even their dogs are highly specialized. Each page has several cartoon figures, which reinforce the facts presented. Parents and teachers may not always appreciate the irreverence, but kids will like the humor. The facts are also reinforced by a very good time line. The Fact Hound website maintained by the publisher is very useful, with further links to the FBI’s kids’ sites. The book also contains a glossary, a bibliography, and an index." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

January 1, 2009

Terry Collins

Terry Collins

Terry Collins always knew he wanted to be a writer when he grew up. A former award-winning newspaper reporter and columnist, he now writes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels for readers of all ages. He also teaches literature and creative writing, helping to inspire other lovers of the written word. Terry lives in his hometown in North Carolina with his wife, Ginny, and their devoted dog, Bosley. A lifelong reader, he has a personal library that outgrew his house years ago. Despite his wife's gentle protests over a lack of space, he believes a person can never own too many books.

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