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True Stories of the World’s Most Notorious Thieves

It Actually Happened series

by Andreas Schroeder
illustrated by Rémy Simard

Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Silver Birch Award nomination

Eight thrilling stories uncover some of the most daring heists in history.

Determined to beat the odds, professional thieves spend their lives figuring out ingenious ways to steal other people’s possessions.

In Robbers! you’ll uncover the dirt on eight cunning master thieves, including:
• Master-of-disguise Willie Sutton, who robbed banks in costume

• D. B. Cooper, who hijacked a plane, demanded $200,000, and parachuted to safety

• London’s Great Train Robbers, who held up a moving train to pull off one of the largest ever hauls of banknotes

Each story offers a glimpse into the high-octane underworld of the boldest of robbers. The writer’s fascination with criminal masterminds and the illustrator’s action-packed graphic depictions of real-life thievery make this a compelling read for fans of mischief, mayhem, and bad guys on the run.


“... a fascinating and informative look at eight famous robbers and robberies around the world that will be enjoyed by many different readers. Highly recommended”
—CM Reviews, 10/12

“Entertaining from the start, Robbers! should find an audience among readers who like a good heist.”
—School Library Journal, 02/13

“Schroeder’s background as a crime writer shows in the smooth flow of these eight tales of notorious robberies.”
—Booklist, 11/12

“... each story is fast-paced and fascinating ...”
—Resource Links, December 2012

“Read that one paragraph to a group of intermediate or middle school readers, and you won't see the book again … until they have had their fill of it, and shared it with their friends, and talked about the capers endlessly.”
—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 09/10/12

“The narratives move quickly but cover the important details so that the reader is entertained but not left wondering about loose ends ...”
—, 12/10/12

“Simard’s light comic-style drawings complement Schroeder’s humorous text in these well-documented vignettes.”
—Mackin Books in Bloom, 01/04/13

“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.”
—The Muskokan, 07/05/13

“… perfect for reluctant readers who like unusual topics.”
—GeoLibrarian, 02/07/13


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