Illustrated by :Rémy Simard
Audience:Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12
Dimensions:8in x 6 x 0.38 in | 180 gr
Page Count:160 pages
Eight true tales that expose some of the most outrageous swindlers of all time.
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:
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.
Andreas Schroeder was the resident "Scam-meister" for 12 years on a popular radio show, where he uncovered ingenious frauds and hoaxes. He is an award-winning author who has published more than 20 books, including the highly successful Scams.
Remy Simard is a cartoonist, commercial artist and award-winning author and illustrator who has a long list of published children's books. His work has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.
It's hard to imagine a more kid-friendly piece of nonfiction. The scams covered include a made-up Stone Age society discovered in the Philippines that fooled even National Geographic ... and a French rags-to-riches high-society swindle. Although the hook is baited with plenty of sensationalism...there's some good history to be learned beneath all the grandiose flimflammery. Schroeder writes in a lighthearted, chatty tone, equally matched by Simard's good-times black-and-white cartooning. A list of additional resources points the way toward more reading for kids tickled by such large-scale trickery. - Ian Chipman, Booklist
The topic of the book is compelling and the writing of the cases is engaging. - Elizabeth Ford, Resource Links
This hybrid of nonfiction and graphic novel is a fun lesson on how the masses can be made into fools. - Mariela Siegert, School Library Journal
The wonderful thing about Duped! is that it is a fun read for those interested in scams, but it can also lead, all on its own, to discussing an amazing variety of topics. - Canadian Materials
It's hard to imagine a more kid-friendly piece of non-fiction. - School Library Journal
There is real value in sharing such a well-written and informative text. - Sally Bender, Sal's Fiction Addiction