Series Booklist: A Wicked History

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Series Information: Series Information: From Vlad the Impaler to Grigory Rasputin, to Ivan the Terrible, some of the most heinous moments in history are exposed in these highly illustrated biographies of some of the most villainous tyrants who walked the earth. A Wicked History will be the definitive biography series for middle and high school students on the evil individuals who twisted the course of history. The design is sophisticated to attract middle-school and high-school readers, yet the reading level is on target and readily accessible to readers of all levels.

The wicked ways of some of the most ruthless rulers to walk the earth are revealed in these thrilling biographies (A Wicked History) about men and women so monstrous, they make Frankenstein look like a sweetheart.

- Opening quote by or about the featured villain/villainess
- Historical map, annotated with key locations from person's life
- A Wicked Web featuring allies and enemies
- Historical photos and etchings
- Boxes with additional information
- Photo documentaries: six to eight pages of photos and captions telling the person's life
- Timeline, glossary, additional sources
- Engaging narrative nonfiction written at a very accessible reading level

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Alexander the Great: Master of the Ancient WorldBendick, Jeanne2010UMG
YA
Classical Age356-323 BCEEuropeGreeceMacedonia
Alexander the Great
NF
Bio
CB
Hannibal: Rome's Worst NightmareBrooks, Phillip2015UMG
YA
Classical Age247-183 BCEEuropeItalyRoman LegionNF
Bio
CB
Julius Caesar: Dictator For LifeRinaldo, Denise2010UMG
YA
Classical Age100-44 BCEEuropeItalyJulius Caesar
Roman Emperors
NF
Bio
CB
Attila the Hun: Leader of the Barbarian HordesPrice, Sean Stewart2015UMG
YA
Early Medieval406–453EuropeHungaryAtilla the HunNF
Bio
CB
Genghis Khan: 13th-Century Mongolian TyrantGoldberg, Enid A.2008UMG
YA
High Middle Ages1158-1227AsiaChinaGenghis Khan
Mongols
NF
Bio
CB
Tomas de Torquemada: Architect of Torture During the Spanish InquisitionGoldberg, Enid A.
Itzkowitz, Norman
2009YA
UMG
Renaissance1420-1498EuropeSpainSpanish InquisitionNF
Bio
CB
Vlad the Impaler: The Real Count DraculaGoldberg, Enid A.2009YA
UMG
Renaissance1428-1477EuropeRomaniaWallachia
Vlad III Dracula
NF
Bio
CB
Francisco Pizarro: Destroyer of the Inca EmpireDiConsiglio, John2008YA
UMG
Renaissance1471-1541EuropeSpainSpanish Conquistadors
Inca Empire
NF
Bio
CB
Henry VIII: Royal BeheaderPrice, Sean Stewart2009YA
UMG
Renaissance1509-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
NF
Bio
CB
Mary Tudor: Courageous Queen or Bloody Mary?Buchanan, Jane2008YA
UMG
Renaissance1516-1558EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Tudor
NF
Bio
CB
Ivan the Terrible: Tsar of DeathPrice, Sean2008YA
UMG
Renaissance1530-1584AsiaRussiaRussian HistoryNF
Bio
CB
Sir Francis Drake: Slave Trader and PirateNick, Charles2009YA
UMG
Renaissance1540-1596EuropeGreat BritainPiratesNF
Bio
CB
Catherine the Great: Empress of RussiaVincent, Zu2009YA
UMG
Age of Revolutions1729-1796AsiaRussiaRussian HistoryNF
Bio
CB
King George III: America's EnemyBrooks, Philip2009YA
UMG
Age of Revolutions1738-1820EuropeGreat BritainAmerican Revolution
King George III
NF
Bio
CB
Robespierre: Master of the GuillotineDiConsiglio, John2008YA
UMG
Age of Revolutions1758-1794EuropeFranceFrench RevolutionNF
Bio
CB
Napoleon: Emperor and ConquerorHeuston, Kimberley2009YA
UMG
Age of Revolutions1769-1821EuropeFranceFrench EmpireNF
Bio
CB
Otto Von Bismarck: Iron Chancellor of GermanyHeuston, Kimberly2009YA
UMG
Age of Revolutions1815-1898EuropeGermanyGerman UnificationNF
Bio
CB
Leopold II: Butcher of the CongoOlson, Tod2008YA
UMG
Age of Revolutions1835-1909AfricaBelgium
Congo
Congo Free State
Leopold II
NF
Bio
CB
Cixi: Evil Empress of China?Price, Sean2009YA
UMG
Industrial Age1861-1908AsiaChinaBoxer RebellionNF
Bio
CB
Grigory Rasputin: Holy Man or Mad Monk?Itzkowitz, Norman2008YA
UMG
Industrial Age1869-1916AsiaRussiaRussian HistoryNF
Bio
CB
Joseph Stalin (A Wicked History 20th Century)McCollum, Sean2010UMG
YA
Modern Age1927-1953AsiaRussiaSoviet UnionNF
Bio
CB
Adolf Hitler (A Wicked History 20th Century)Price, Sean Stewart2010UMG
YA
Modern Age1933-1945EuropeGermanyNazi GermanyNF
Bio
CB
Idi Amin (A Wicked History 20th Century)Dougherty, Steve2010UMG
YA
Modern Age1946-2003AfricaUgandaUgandan ArmyNF
Bio
CB
Mao (A Wicked History 20th Century)Price, Sean Stewart2017UMG
YA
Modern Age1949-1976AsiaChinaPeople's Republic of China
Communist China
NF
Bio
CB

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List of abbreviations:
Reading Age Genre Format
LE = lower elementary
MG = middle grade (8-12 yrs.)
UMG = upper-middle grade (11-14 yrs.)
YA = young adult (14+)
A = adult (18+)
NF - non fiction
F = fiction
Bio = biography
HF = historical fantasy
AH = alternate history
OV - own voices
M = mythology
S = spine book
PB = picture book
GN = graphic novel
ER = early reader
CB = chapter book
B = book (NF)
N = novel
M = memoir