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[CLOSED] Win the First Two Books in a New Graphic True Crime Series

Introduce teens to the true crime world or explore infamous cases for yourself with the Unsolved Case Files series.

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Editor's note: This giveaway is now closed.

D.B. Cooper and the breakout from Alcatraz are two of the most debated mysteries in American history—and now they’ve received a new, visual exploration from Tom Sullivan. These graphic nonfiction novels, equal parts charming, gripping, and chilling, serve as a wonderful entry to the true crime world for readers ages 8+. Their thrilling narrative will enthrall adult readers as well, with information culled directly from FBI files around the cases as well as a representation of the cases’ full complexity.

We’re thrilled to be partnering with HarperCollins to give away both books released so far in the Unsolved Case File series, Escape at 10,000 Feet and Jailbreak at Alcatraz.

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About the Books

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Escape at 10,000 Feet

By Tom Sullivan

A thrilling new graphic nonfiction series about real FBI cases, launching with a gripping, minute-by-minute account of the only unsolved airplane hijacking in the U.S.


NOVEMBER 24, 1971


2:00 P.M.

A man in his mid-forties, wearing a suit and overcoat, buys a ticket for Northwest Orient Airlines flight 305 bound for Seattle.

3:07 P.M.

The man presents his demands: $200,000 in cash and four parachutes. If the demands are not met, he threatens to detonate the explosive device in his briefcase.

So begins the astonishing true story of the man known as D.B. Cooper, and the only unsolved airplane hijacking case in the United States. Comic panels, reproductions of documents from real FBI files, and photos from the investigation combine for a thrilling read for sleuths of all ages.

What better way to draw readers into nonfiction than through an exciting graphic novel? This series will appeal to readers of series such as Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales. Fans of history and whodunits, CSI-club kids, and graphic novel enthusiasts alike will be pulled in by the suspenseful, complex, and kid-appropriate cases in this series.

Sidebars provide fun facts about pre-2001 air travel, serial numbers on currency, airplane design, and more. Backmatter showcases period photos and primary source material in FBI archives.

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Jailbreak at Alcatraz

By Tom Sullivan

The second book in this graphic nonfiction series about real FBI cases is a gripping account of an escape from Alcatraz, the infamous island prison.


June 12, 1962


7:18 A.M.

A corrections officer at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary tries to awaken inmate AZ-1441, Frank Morris. But when he shakes the unresponsive man, his head rolls off the pillow and crashes to the floor! Soon the guards realize that Morris and two other inmates, brothers John and Clarence Anglin, had done the seemingly impossible: escaped from the notorious island prison.

This is the incredible true story of the daring and inventive escape and a decades-long manhunt in a case that remains unsolved to this day. 

Comics panels, reproductions of documents from real FBI files, and photos from the investigation combine for a thrilling read for sleuths of all ages.

This entry in the Unsolved Case Files series is just as compelling as the first book, Unsolved Case Files: Escape at 10,000 Feet, which Kirkus praised as "compulsively readable."

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Note: The sweepstakes is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington, DC who are 18 years of age and older by September 6, 2021.