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Great-Grandma's Outlaw Cousins: The Notorious Reno Brothers (paperback book) Review by Amanda Hopkins

Leslie Anne Perry

Have you ever wondered what your family history held? Have you heard stories, and wondered if they were true? Leslie Anne Perry had heard stories, only to find out there was a whole other story in her family history.

Great-Grandma’s Outlaw Cousins: The Notorious Reno Brothers is the short nonfiction story of Leslie’s findings after doing some research on her great-grandmother, Catalina “Lena” Reno. In this 30-page paperback book, you will learn the history of the Reno Gang from their beginnings to their tragic end.

The Reno brothers and their gang were well known in parts of Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri after the Civil War. They were not known for good, rather, they were known for being a ruthless set of outlaws who committed the first train robberies during peacetime (after the Civil War).

We get to read about Leslie’s findings of this, the accounts of the robberies and the town that took action into their own hands, hanging members of the gang in three separate hangings. We also get to know how the family moved on after this.

This was a simple book. One that was easily read in one day, or even one sitting. This is a book that makes you curious, leaves you wanting to know more about yourself and your own family history. Leslie not only tells us the story, but ends with a timeline to help us see the start and end of the Reno Gang.

This is a book that has been enjoyed by my 15-year-old, my husband, my mother, my grandmother and myself. This is a book that most anyone can sit down and enjoy!

-Product review by Amanda Hopkins, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, September, 2016