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Lincoln's Grave Robbers (2012)

by Steve Sheinkin(Favorite Author)
3.86 of 5 Votes: 1
0545405726 (ISBN13: 9780545405720)
Scholastic Press
review 1: This book was very up and down to me. The beginning starts out pretty slow, but it gets exciting through some parts, you just always have to continue reading. Another thing that I wasn't a fan of with this book was that they had 3 stories going at once, which can be a good thing, but the transitions were bad to me. It felt like I was reading about one mobster and then all of the sudden, it was a whole different one. Besides those faults, I think that the book was very well written. When people would surprise others or steal, you really felt like you were right there next to them. That made this book worth reading for sure.
review 2: Tells the true story of how counterfeiter "Big Jim" Kennally concocted a scheme to steal President Abraham Lincoln's body from its
... more vault in Springfield Illinois, in order to ransom it! (Because his best counterfeit engraving artist was in prison, and so in addition to money, Kennally thought he could get that guy released from jail in exchange for the return of Lincoln's body.) The book describes the fascinating world of 1860's counterfeiting--along with curious terms like "boodle carrier" or "bone orchard"--as well as the crimefighting techniques of the time--the Secret Service had not yet been assigned to guard Presidents, but they worked to stop counterfeiting. This is a very readable book for middleschoolers (and curious adults!), with suspenseful chapter endings just like a novel, lots of photos and illustrations, a glossary and index, and a long list of sources Sheinkin used in his research. A great read, all about crime in the 1860's and 1870's and the reverence with which Americans held Lincoln--but not everyone! less
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A fascinating true story that hooked me right from the beginning.
It was kind of boring but overall it was a good book.
Reads like fiction.
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