My Life with the Lincolns
By Gayle Brandeis
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805090130, 256pp.)
Publication Date: March 16, 2010
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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 task 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.
Gayle Brandeis is the author of two novels for adults, The Book of Dead Birds: a Novel and Self Storage. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Salon.com and The Nation. She teaches and lives in Riverside, California with her family.
"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
A selection of the Read On Wisconsin! program 2010