Can I See Your I.D.? by Chris Barton
True Stories of False Identities

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True crime, desperation, fraud, and adventure: From the impoverished young woman who enchanted nineteenth-century British society as a faux Asian princess, to the sixteen-year-old boy who "stole" a subway train in 1993, to the lonely but clever Frank Abagnale of Catch Me if You Can fame, these ten vignettes offer riveting insight into mind-blowing masquerades. Graphic panels draw you into the exploits of these pretenders, and meticulously researched details keep you on the edge of your seat. Each scene is presented in the second person, a unique point of view that literally places you inside the faker's mind. With motivations that include survival, delusion, and plain, old-fashioned greed, the psychology of deception has never been so fascinating or so close at hand.


About Chris Barton

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Chris Barton ( blew his cover as an ordinary husband, father, and chicken owner by winning a 2010 Sibert Honor. He lives in Austin, Texas.Paul Hoppe ( is a freelance illustrator and a graduate of at New York's School of Visual Arts. He lives in the wilds of Brooklyn, where he most often poses as himself.
Published April 14, 2011 by Dial. 142 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Asa Earl Carter, a longtime Ku Klux Klan member, adopted the new first name of Forrest and passed himself off as a Cherokee to publish a fake memoir, The Education of Little Tree, a bestseller that became a favorite of middle- and high-school teachers.

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In 10 impeccably crafted profiles, Barton (The Day-Glo Brothers) shares the stories of individuals—many just teenagers—who adopted false identities for amusement, profit, or survival.

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