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Chasing Lincoln's Killer: The Search for John Wilkes Booth

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14 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

Chasing Lincoln's Killer - Amazing Read

Our 5th grader's teacher was reluctant to allow her to do a report on the Lincoln Assassination stating that there wasn't a lot of material out there at her grade level. Well, this book proved that theory wrong. Our daughter started reading this book and the next thin...
Our 5th grader's teacher was reluctant to allow her to do a report on the Lincoln Assassination stating that there wasn't a lot of material out there at her grade level. Well, this book proved that theory wrong. Our daughter started reading this book and the next thing you know I was sitting there reading it with her.

The book tells the story in a way that the targeted age group can understand and grasp the story. She was engaged and always excited about turning the page to find out what happened next.

Everything from the photos of the actual wanted posters to the real photos of the individuals involved in the assassination truly brought the story to life. Even the effect of the cream-colored pages and the brown-shade added to the photos to give them a dated look added to the overall presentation of the book.

I would highly recommend this book for any student in the 5th to 8th grade range who is interested in this topic. Our daughter was so excited to put the report together and the necessary poster board as well.

And the final result? Grade A! Teacher's comments? "A wow paper and poster!" She also told us that while others were doing their presentations about the Civil War our daughter was able to relate many of the other topics to hers and made the discussions much more lively!

A special thank you to James Swanson for taking the sophisticated writing of his book for adults and convert it into a great read for middle grade students!

I highly recommend this book!

Thank you!
Mary Ann

posted by MaryAnnCNY on March 27, 2010

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  • Posted January 13, 2009

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    Reviewed by Steph for TeensReadToo.com

    CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER is a third-person narrative about the events that happened on that fateful night of April 14, 1865. <BR/><BR/>The story follows John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, through his planning and committing of the murder and then through his flight from Washington, D.C,. to safety in the south. <BR/><BR/>With this book, the reader learns of both Booth's struggles and of the lucky breaks he received in the actual action of killing the beloved President of the United States. The reader also learns of events that took place following the assassination. <BR/><BR/>James Swanson writes an intriguing non-fiction story. In the Note to the Reader, the author states that every event in the book is factual and that all of the quotes are taken from letters, manuscripts, newspapers, and other sources. No quote is produced by the author. <BR/><BR/>For anyone wanting to know the facts about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, this book is exactly what is needed. For teenagers, CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER is more helpful and interesting than anything your history textbook could tell you about James Wilkes Booth and his successful assassination of President Lincoln.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Good Book

    Nicely written with excitement. Just like killing lincoln.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Great

    I really enjoyed this book. I felt it was never dull and it also had grreat historical information!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Chasing Lincoln's Killer is a very helpful and interesting book

    Chasing Lincoln's Killer is a very helpful and interesting book. By beginning the book with &quot;John Wilkes Booth awoke depressed&quot; and describing Booth as a cold-hearted man who hated the Union soldiers, Booth's character is expressed well. Throughout the book, Booth went to many places to escape his pursuers. Swanson never made any part of the book boring or too wordy. Although the murder of Abraham Lincoln was a gruesome event, the book has no inappropriate parts and can be read by a person of any age. The book covers all parts of the event, including the accomplices in the conspiracy, and all other aspects of the manhunt. Any information needed about the murder was mentioned in this book. One thing a reader may want to know about the book is that it doesn't contain information about the childhood of John Wilkes Booth, and if you're writing about Booth's life in general, this book would only be helpful for the main event that made Booth famous. I used this book as a reference for a paper and I found all information needed to complete the assignment. The author, James L. Swanson, expresses exceptional writing abilities and can easily get a reader hooked on his writing. The book is fairly long, but it was not hard for me to read it, and I never found myself bored while reading this book. By beginning the book with &quot;John Wilkes Booth awoke depressed&quot; and describing Booth as a cold-hearted man who hated the Union soldiers, Booth's character is expressed well. Throughout the book, Booth went to many places to escape his pursuers. Swanson never made any part of the book boring or too wordy. Overall, this book includes valuable information on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and is enjoyable to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    To I have one question

    Why get it for the nook when u have the paperback book?

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Sounds good

    Seems good my friend told me to look it up.By the way #13 u spelled "awesome" wrong go look it up!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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