NONFICTION

The Unabomber: Agent Kathy Puckett and the Hunt for a Serial Bomber

Roaring Brook. (FBI Files: Bk. 1). Jun. 2019. 176p. photos. resources. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781250199133; pap. $6.99. ISBN 9781250199140.
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Gr 4-7–After 14 bombings, three people lost their lives and another 23 were severely injured by a man known as the Unabomber. The FBI searched long and hard to uncover his identity before more people were hurt. Progress eluded them until they took a different look at the investigation through the eyes of Agent Kathleen Puckett, an experienced psychologist. Puckett helped crack the case and bring justice before the Unabomber struck again. Written in a mix of informative reporting on the Unabomber’s crimes and narrative nonfiction when describing the investigation, this book gives a thrilling look at a period of criminal history that many know by name, but not by detail. Pictures of evidence, manifestos, people, and places accompany the text to immerse readers in this fast-paced story. It also covers how the FBI began using psychology to get into the minds of criminals, instead of just following evidence and tips. The text, pacing, and topic are accessible to reluctant readers, and the back matter features a wide array of resources and additional reading.
VERDICT An enthralling, well-researched introduction to true crime for upper elementary/middle school readers

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