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Karen Blumenthal (1959-2020) was a financial journalist and editor whose career included five years with The Dallas Morning News and twenty-five with The Wall Street Journal--where her work helped earn the paper a Pulitzer Prize for its breaking news coverage of the September 11, 2001 attacks--before becoming an award-winning children's non-fiction book writer. Three of her books, Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History, Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, and Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition, were finalists for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award. Karen was also the author of Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929 (named a Sibert Honor Book), Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX (winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award), Tommy: The Gun That Changed America, Bonnie and Clyde: The Making of a Legend, and Jane Against the World: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights.

Karen Blumenthal is an award-winning children's non-fiction writer and a longtime journalist. She previously wrote about the 1920s and 1930s in Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition, a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award finalist, and Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929, a Sibert Honor Book. She lives in Dallas, Texas.

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"Lively prose, well-selected photographs, and thorough source notes round out this fine work. A gripping look at guns, gangsters, and finding the 'right balance between individual freedoms and community safety'." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review "[An] accessible social history, which encompasses military weaponry, gangster warfare, and gun-control legislation." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Peppered with action-filled scenes and period photographs...This thoroughly researched, compulsive read is another
Blumenthal winner. A bang-up look at American history." --Booklist, starred review "Blumenthal breathes life into this seemingly off-putting subject. . . this action-packed title will hold the attention of reluctant readers and history buffs alike." --School Library Journal, starred review "In this biography of a gun and the times in which it lived, Blumenthal traces the Thompson submachine gun, a.k.a. the Tommy. . . With thorough research and impeccable documentation, [Blumenthal] shows the complexity of gun culture, leaving more questions than answers concerning contemporary use and misuse of firearms and the future of Second Amendment battles." --Horn Book "A great story well told." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Lively prose, well-selected photographs, and thorough source notes round out this fine work. A gripping look at guns, gangsters, and finding the 'right balance between individual freedoms and community safety'." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review "[An] accessible social history, which encompasses military weaponry, gangster warfare, and gun-control legislation." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Peppered with action-filled scenes and period photographs...This thoroughly researched, compulsive read is another Blumenthal winner. A bang-up look at American history." --Booklist, starred review "Blumenthal breathes life into this seemingly off-putting subject. . . this action-packed title will hold the attention of reluctant readers and history buffs alike." --School Library Journal, starred review "In this biography of a gun and the times in which it lived, Blumenthal traces the Thompson submachine gun, a.k.a. the Tommy. . . With thorough research and impeccable documentation, [Blumenthal] shows the complexity of gun culture, leaving more questions than answers concerning contemporary use and misuse of firearms and the future of Second Amendment battles." --Horn Book "A great story well told." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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