Think fugitives are always bad guys running from the law? Think again! The twelve fugitives in this book annoyed everyone, including queens, presidents and popes. But they didn’t let the peeved or the powerful stop them from breaking laws. They stood up for what they believed in, which could be as noble as freedom or as greedy as money. They founded countries, won wars, and even ended empires—all while on the run! Follow the twists and turns of these lawbreaking lives to learn how anyone can change the world. Even you! Just make sure you have your running shoes tied tight.

Fantastically fast fugitives hiding inside:

Spartacus * Cleopatra * Martin Luther * Koxinga * Mary, Queen of Scots * The Pilgrims * Harriet Tubman * Typhoid Mary * John Dillinger * Emmeline Pankhurst * Virginia Hall * Nelson Mandela

Weird but True Know-It-All: U.S. Presidents

What's so weird about U.S. presidents? Plenty!

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a great wrestler? 

That Ulysses S. Grant got a speeding ticket riding his horse – twice!

Or that Benjamin Harrison was afraid of electricity?

And let's not forget that President McKinley had a pet parrot that whistled "Yankee Doodle Dandy" duets with him!

In this new single-subject Weird But True book, you'll have a blast learning that there's a lot of substance – and weirdness – in every president's past.



If you like Shakespeare as a brilliant bard or prefer Pythagoras with mad math skills, then PUT DOWN THIS BOOK. Seriously. Because it’s about to change history.

BUT, IF YOU LIKE A LITTLE CONTROVERSY with your morning cereal, then you’re in for a better treat than those sugary marshmallows. Over the centuries, plenty of scandals, swindles, and closeted skeletons have passed under history’s radar and straight into your textbook. (Yes, we’re looking at you, George “I cannot tell a lie” Washington.

The twelve figures in the pages of this book are lucky that celebrity gossip magazines and hounding paparazzi weren’t around yet. It’d be bye-bye, prime spot in history books, and hello, prime-time TV. There might even be a prison sentence or two as well. Sure, many of them didn’t mean to fool everybody with their phoniness, but that’s up to you to decide. 
​ If you can handle it, take a peek at this new side of history . . . 


George Washington * The Turk * William Shakespeare * Pythagoras * Pope Joan * Major William Martin * Prester John * Huangdi * Homer * Hiawatha * Gilgamesh * Confucius
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What do Mother Theresa, Honest Abe, and Mahatma Gandhi have in common? They’re all too good for this book, that’s what.

In this exciting third book in Brianna DuMont’s Changed History series, it’s the thieves, pirates, and rogues who alter history. Sure, there are a few familiar faces like Queen Elizabeth I and Thomas Edison, but even behind their angelic smiles are cunning con artists who stole their way to gold and greatness. 

Liars, Cheats, and Cons hiding inside:

The Venetians * Francisco Pizarro * Queen Elizabeth I * Catherine the Great * Napoleon * Madame Chang * Robert Fortune * Robert Smalls * Boss Tweed * Thomas Edison * Vincenzo Perugia * Klaus Fuchs

​*A Junior Library Guild Selection*