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The Dreadful Truth: Canadian Crime

by Ted Staunton
illustrated by Remie Geoffroi

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law & crime
list price: $8.95
published: 2006
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
8 to 13
3 to 8
Reading age:
8 to 13
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Wild and bizarre crime stories from Canada's past

A look at the funny, sad, and sometimes mysterious history of crime in Canada. Author Ted Staunton presents history with humour and candour as he tells about the thieves, murderers, tricksters and traitors that rarely find their way into history books.
With cartoon-like illustrations in every chapter, this book reveals the antics of some of our more infamous citizens. There are tales of swindle, political bribery, rum-running and missing persons in a time when police forces were non-existent. Readers will also discover how Canada learned to cope with its crime through early criminal investigations, the rise of the RCMP and the world's first crime lab. The history lessons in this book are designed to entertain in this fast-paced adventure through our criminal past.

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About the Authors

Ted Staunton

TED STAUNTON divides his time between writing and a busy schedule as a speaker, workshop leader, storyteller and musical performer for children and adults. His previous books include the well-loved Green Applestreet Gang series, the Cyril and Maggie series, the Morgan series, Puddleman, Simons Surprise and the acclaimed Hope Springs a Leak. He has received numerous Canadian Childrens Book Centre "Our Choice" awards, a Silver Birch Award nomination and a Hackmactack Award nomination.
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Remie Geoffroi

REMIE GEOFFROI illustrates the Mish Mash page each month in chickaDEE Magazine. Before becoming a full-time freelance illustrator, he worked at an animation studio, a T-shirt company, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the National Post. His work has appeared in everything from Kayak Magazine to Report on Business and New York magazine. He lives in Ottawa.
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