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by Anna Myers

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Would you betray your president to win the heart of America's most celebrated actor?

Bella isn't evil. But even people with good intentions can end up doing bad things. Especially when they meet people with the power to persuade them to do almost anything, like John Wilkes Booth—the most charismatic and famous actor of his time.

So when Booth sets his


Would you betray your president to win the heart of America's most celebrated actor?

Bella isn't evil. But even people with good intentions can end up doing bad things. Especially when they meet people with the power to persuade them to do almost anything, like John Wilkes Booth—the most charismatic and famous actor of his time.

So when Booth sets his sights on Bella, an assistant seamstress to Mary Todd Lincoln, to help with his plot to kidnap President Lincoln, he is able to persuade her to betray her president and even turn her back on the boy she has loved her entire life. Bella believes Booth is only trying to force the North to release Southern war prisoners, and will not harm her dear friend Mr. Lincoln. But the kidnapping plot fails, and now Booth will stop at nothing--even if it means harming Bella in the process.

Anna Myers has crafted a provocative new look at the Lincoln assassination through the eyes of both a young White House insider and the assassin himself. An author's note provides the historical background to this tragic event.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
"I am not evil." maintains a shy Arabella Getchel. Nevertheless, her infatuation with the ruthless and insane John Wilkes Booth as he plots to kidnap and eventually assassinate the president nearly ravaged her youthful being. Wilkes (as he preferred to be called) and Bella alternate roles in this historical novel that reveals happenings in each character's early life, similarities and differences in their personal history, and involvement in Lincoln's murder from the point of view of the killer and the teen. Bella was just eight when their paths first crossed at a Richmond theater. Their mutual love for the stage and her ensuing adoration of the most charismatic and famous actor of his time were further intertwined with her position as a seamstress for Mary Todd Lincoln. Her position eventually gave rise to a White House passport for the slayer's scheme. The accurate drama is enhanced as the fictitious fourteen-year-old girl's tale serves as a mirror that reflects the well-researched people, events, and surroundings of that period in history, including Lincoln's presidency and the Civil War. The author effectively chronicles the lessons of where our country has been in time, and expertly weaves broad personal accounts of lives affected by the tragic events. Readers will quickly become involved in a blend of romance, mystery, and intrigue. 2005, Walker & Company, Ages 11 to 16.
—Barbara Troisi
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Through the device of a fictional young woman interacting with historical figures, Meyers provides readers with a glimpse of the people, events, and surroundings of a dramatic time in history In alternating chapters, John Wilkes Booth and Arabella Getchel, a 14-year-old White House seamstress, relate the story. Booth's unstable emotional state is revealed in his zealous passion for the Confederacy and intense hatred of the Union as symbolized by President Lincoln. The novel offers a good opportunity for discussion about the assassin, his motivations, and, in this case, how he drew an unsuspecting girl into his scheme. An author's note delineates truth from fiction.-Denise Moore, O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Two stories become one as an odd confluence of events places 14-year-old Bella Getchel, assistant seamstress to Mary Todd Lincoln, under the influence of Wilkes Booth, famous actor and "the most handsome man in America." Booth is confident of his ability to seduce women, and he uses Bella in his plot to kidnap the president and hold him in exchange for all Southern men held in Northern prisons. With notions of romance, saving her father, helping the South and performing on stage at Ford's Theater all mixed up in her head, Bella agrees to spy on Mr. Lincoln, using her easy access to the White House in her role. Alternating first-person narratives effectively build tension as the two stories develop and intersect at the theater. Arabella Getchel is a fictitious character who provides an original spin on this important episode in history. A fine companion to recent nonfiction works such as James Giblin's Good Brother, Bad Brother (p. 539) and Harold Holzer's The President is Shot! (2004). (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12+)

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Walker & Company
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First Edition
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6.35(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Anna Myers is the author of more than one dozen books for Walker & Company, including Tulsa Burning, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and Flying Blind, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist. Anna lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Assassin 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Matthews-H More than 1 year ago
Description: Its how a young woman named Arabella(Bella) meets John Wilkes Booth while working in the White House. Its kind of like the whole scene before President Lincoln was shot and killed. It tells you how and why J.W. Booth planed out this assassin. To come to find out J.W. Booth hurt and threaten a lot of people before this happened, to make his plan work. Bella thought she like J.W. but he just led her on to make her do all these things so Booth's plan would plan out the way he wanted to. Like or Dislike: I didn't really dislike anything, overall it was a pretty good book to read. It explained more to me about why and how J.W. Booth did what he did. Recommendation: I would recommend this book to people that like kind of a mystery book or like to learn more about what changed life in history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Assassin is a book about a young girl named Bella. She is in 1800's during the civil war in the city of Washington D.C. The story is told in two perspectives, so I found it a little confusing. The other perspective in the story is John Wilkes Booth. I would not recommend this book for people who are into action because it poses as like a cool explosion book, but it's about a little girl in love with an actor. But there is a lot more than just that. You'll have to read to find out.
Deandra-Reeder More than 1 year ago
I am in the 6th grade, and i absolutly love this book! I have read it almost 40 times! I can't stop reading it! Anna Myers is a brillant writer and im glad i read her book. I love the story because it has a mix of adventure, mystery, romance, and it gives people a learning of our world history in the United States of America!! If you're looking for a book that gives you everything that you like then i think this is the one you should read!:) I hope you Enjoy this bok as much as I!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My students loved this book! It got so many to read and discuss. The young girl was relatable. Her conflicts became their concerns. Great examples of fact and fiction. It gave them thought of what would I do.
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I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far this the best book I'ed ever read. This book could help young kids learn about there 16th president Abraham lincoln.
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I am reading Assassin for a school book report. This is a really good book. I really like it.
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His book is awespme, Anna came to our school today!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel made me remember that J. Wilkes Booth was in essence a regular guy from a family that loved him. Yes, madness overtook him and events spiraled from there. Very good read!
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Very interesting read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very very good
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Majorbookworm More than 1 year ago
This was quite an amazing book. Having picking it up at the library without even seeing what it was about I didn't know what to expect, but I'm so happy that I picked this up and would easily recommend it to everyone I know! I really just loved the characters and how Anna Myers made Arabella seem so real. She somehow even managed to make me feel sorry for Wilkes Booth!! and that is certainly an accomplishment. Before I read this he was just the evil, faceless madman who killed President Lincoln. Now I can actually (to some extent) see him as (sort of) a person. It was an enjoyable, quick read from beginning to end! I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Assassin is about a girl named Bella, who is interested in the preforming arts. She soon meets John W. Booth and Booth tries to persuade her to help him assasinate President Lincoln. Assassin is a good story if you're looking for something to read during your leisure time. I love the parts when it involves Bella and her friend Steven. I've read the book twice. I'd recommend this book to people who are in junior high. Go get it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was bad
iHopeiTeach More than 1 year ago
Assassin is a fictional account of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. It is told, in alternating chapters, from the perspectives of teen seamstress and want-to-be actress Bella and handsome and popular actor John Wilkes Booth. Bella, the main character, comes under the spell of Wilkes and somewhat unwittingly assists him with his terrible crime. Bella is portrayed as suchhh a victim; this was a frustration for me as I read. Still, the book held my attention, and I did look forward to picking it up each night. I read the book along with one of my 8th grade students, and we had some good lit circle chats about the plot, characters, and historical events. My favorite part of the reading experience was learning quite a bit about Lincoln and the events of Civil War Era Washington, D.C. A warning to teens: if you were thinking the title indicates a very "manly" novel, you would be wrong. There is quite a bit of froooooofy romance (victimy Bella is just gaga over handsome Wilkes). I do think this annoyed me way more than it did the teen boy in my book group. I would recommend the book to people who enjoy history and want to learn more about Lincoln's death and the Civil War. This would be an excellent novel to read or teach alongside a history-class Civil War unit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was probably the best book I have ever read. It draws your attention. I could not take my eyes off of the pages. Each chapter was filled with sad and hostile environmets. I would reccomend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the young eyes of America it had a poorly writen bigining. It did not draw the attention of a young reader in my eyes. some kids would put the book down by just reading the first page. Over all though it was a pretty good book. it had some sad parts, but there was a budding romance. There is also lying and used people in the story. At the end you are ready to screem out to the young girl and tell her how the man was using her but you cant. I would recomened this book to adults but not kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OH My Gosh. This book is great if you like fiction with a strand of history. It is exciting and really give you an eerie feeling, but very good.