My Life with the Lincolnsby Gayle Brandeis, Emily Janice Card (Read by)
Mina Edelman believes that she and her family are the Lincolns reincarnated. Her main tasks for the next three months: to protect her father from assassination, her mother from insanity, and
My dad used to be Abraham Lincoln. When I was six and learning to read, I saw his initials were A.B.E., Albert Baruch Edelman. ABE. That’s when I knew.
Mina Edelman believes that she and her family are the Lincolns reincarnated. Her main tasks for the next three months: to protect her father from assassination, her mother from insanity, and herself—Willie Lincoln incarnate—from death at age twelve.
Apart from that, the summer of 1966 should be like any other. But Mina’s dad begins taking Mina along to hear speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago. And soon he brings the freedom movement to their own small town, with consequences for everyone
“Brandeis has created an appealing, quirky protagonist, still childlike in her sensibilities and understanding…. In her first novel for young readers, the author goes beyond usual stories of the civil-rights movement, demonstrating well-intentioned but tone-deaf gestures of white supporters and the discomfort of change.” Kirkus
“…the strong them of social justice creates a unifying thread in this informative, clear, personal, and passionate novel.” Booklist
“This strong showing should leave readers with a trove of Lincoln trivia and gratitude for the contributions of civil rights pioneers.” Publishers Weekly
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- 10 - 14 Years
Meet the Author
When award-winning author Gayle Brandeis was a teenager, she wrote an essay that was one of three included in the Centennial time capsule of the Statue of Liberty. This is her first novel for children. Visit Gayle online at www.gaylebrandeis.com.
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Barnes & Noble calls this book Young Adult. Another website says ages 10 and up. I don't know which I would agree with more, but as an eleven-year-old I walk the line between teen and independent reader, and I thought this was a good book. As you see in my I Also Recommend section, this book has the likable character voice of Lauren Myracle's Winnie Years books and the authentic history of Julia Golding's Cat Royal books. Mina Edelman, the main character, is so funny and realistic with a very distinct voice. In addition, My Life With the Lincolns taught me about both Abraham Lincoln and the Chicago Freedom Movement at once, seemingly an unusual combination that has perfect harmony. Mina's love and affection for her sister Tabby warmed my heart, as well as the fact that Mina writes a newsletter called the Lincoln Log (I am a writer myself). It gave me a good taste of life in 1966 too. I would recommend this to fans of historical fiction.