Book review: Abe Lincoln and the Selfie That Saved the Union, by David Potter

Potter, David. Abe Lincoln and the Selfie That Saved the Union. (The Left Behinds series, #2)  Penguin Random House, 2016. $16.99. ISBN 978-0-385-39060-6. 282 pages. Ages 8-13. P8Q7

Potter Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the UnionMel, Bev, and Brandon are at it again in this second book in a fascinating series that mixes modern technology and culture with history. The iTime time travel app on their phones sends them to the White House in 1863. They sit in on a séance with the First Lady while she tries to use Mel as a mediator to talk with her son who recently died. Tad, the rambunctious youngest Lincoln, takes the crew on a grand tour of the premises where they drop in on President Lincoln and his cabinet during the battle of Gettysburg. I appreciated the rich amount of history and how the youngsters were able to make significant contributions with the relentless theme that they matter. The author even plants the idea that Brandon may have influenced Lincoln’s choice of flowery language in the Gettysburg address simply by using Lincoln’s own quote in a previous conversation with the president prior to the actual event. Well done!

February 2016 review by Penny McDermott.


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