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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (139 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gayle Brandeis Narrator: Emily Janice Card Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9780307710376
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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 tasks 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 2/19/2014

    " Really good book. It did a good job mixing the silly with the serious. I liked the chracters. I know it is for a young audience but it does really cover serious subjects(racial inequality, Vietnam, hate crimes, infidelity, immorality, coming of age) so be forewarned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 2/11/2014

    " It's the late 1960s in Downers Grove, Illinois, which in itself was interesting to read all the references to familiar places: Avery Coonley, the Tivoli, Ogden, the Morton Arboretum. Mina is convinced that she and her family are reincarnations of the Lincolns. She worries about protecting her father from being assassinated, her mother from going crazy (like Mary Todd Lincoln), and herself from dying at age 12 like Willie Lincoln. But when her dad, who owns Honest ABE's furniture store, begins taking her to civil rights marches led by Martin Luther King, their life begins to change in very real ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 2/10/2014

    " I loved this book. It was sweet and silly but also had a nice message about doing the right thing even though it might be hard. And also about tolerance, understanding, patience and love. I think it is probably aimed at young readers, but I still enjoyed it. I can't get enough books with 12 year old girl protagonists! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Soccerluvr | 2/8/2014

    " liked it, but not my type of book - did not finish "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 1/19/2014

    " Lots of great Chicago stuff here--distinct name dropping of locations and cultural sites. Good classroom connections for local teachers especially on race, organizing and housing issues. Should be a good seller for Chicagoland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/12/2014

    " Even though this book was set in the 60s, I felt like it really spoke to the slightly neurotic 12-year-old somewhere inside me. I loved the viewpoint of the Chicago Freedom Movement. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 12/13/2013

    " Great reviews but did no one else find this book to be depressing and off the mark. So many better civil rights books are available. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thia | 12/9/2013

    " thinks her family is the lincolns "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 6/20/2013

    " Had funny moments, but tried to do too much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catch.a.pirate | 3/13/2012

    " It was a children's book that my teacher got an advanced copy of. I had to read it for a project. It wasn't great and the plot was lacking. It has serious issues down played in the story but wasn't worth the time to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/13/2011

    " End not as good as beginning and middle "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 5/15/2011

    " My favorite element in this book was Mina's relationship with, and tenderness toward, her sister Tabby. The historical elements were interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dayna | 2/19/2011

    " I was really looking forward to this one it was a fun concept and I love Abe Lincoln. The story fell a little flat for me - but all in all packed in lots of historical time and place type info in an enjoyable way. I am thinking a younger reader may have enjoyed it more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 2/8/2011

    " Great reviews but did no one else find this book to be depressing and off the mark. So many better civil rights books are available. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leigh | 1/9/2011

    " I just couldn't get into it. It started well but got dull and meandering. I didn't even bother to finish it.Skip this one and read One Crazy Summer instead. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Franki | 11/10/2010

    " it wasn't as funny as i thought it would be, and not really as understandable as it should be. It was actually a bit inappropriate and not really good. It was really confusing and it just ended with this BOOM of understanding. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jody | 9/24/2010

    " Um...don't bother. This is inappropriate for fifth graders (nothing terrible, just way too junior high-ish, or something). The author tries to cram so many themes, parallel stories, issues, details, and whatever else into this story. It's too busy, but a tiny bit more palatable toward the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 8/27/2010

    " My favorite element in this book was Mina's relationship with, and tenderness toward, her sister Tabby. The historical elements were interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caryn | 7/5/2010

    " This book did a great job of combining the 1860's and the 1960's together in history. Good YA book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catch.a.pirate | 5/6/2010

    " It was a children's book that my teacher got an advanced copy of. I had to read it for a project. It wasn't great and the plot was lacking. It has serious issues down played in the story but wasn't worth the time to read. "

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About the Author
Author Gayle BrandeisWhen award-winning author Gayle Brandeis was a teenager, she wrote an essay that was one of three included in the Centennial time capsule of the Statue of Liberty. This is her first novel for children. Visit Gayle online at www.gaylebrandeis.com.
About the Narrator

Emily Janice Card (a.k.a. Emily Rankin) is an actor, writer, and singer from North Carolina, now residing in Los Angeles. In addition to being a narrator, she has directed numerous audiobooks, including the 2007 Audie® and Earphones Award winner Hubris, Legacy of Ashes by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner, and Them by Nathan McCall.