I have long been fascinated by history and love teaching social studies but I seem to stay clear of reading history books. Not sure why since many of them prove to be such incredible stories. This year, I had students create an Animoto of their favorite president and sure enough, several picked Lincoln. I therefore placed this book in my to read pile for summer and I am glad I did. It s riveting, fast paced and just enough details to keep the story engaging and moving along. It details mainly the 12 days after the assassination, which I knew little about, and includes a lot of images from the time.
It is funny when you read a book and you know exactly which students would love it, this is one of those books. I cannot wait to put it in the hands of my new students but hope others will read it as well.
Bottomline: Wonderfully engaging, historically accurate, and totally appropriate for 5th graders who love a great story.
Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters, CHASING LINCOLN’S KILLER is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.