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Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Sheinkin, Steve, Swaab, Neil (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1250207878     ISBN-13: 9781250207876
Publisher: Roaring Brook
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: June 2019

Annotation: From nonfiction powerhouse Steve Sheinkin comes a hilarious new fictional chapter book series about two kids who must persuade Abraham Lincoln to play his part in history after Lincoln goes on strike.

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BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Readers
Dewey: FIC
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Time Twisters
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 0.25" (0.35 lbs) 153 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):

Steve Sheinkin is the acclaimed author of fast-paced, cinematic nonfiction histories for young readers, including The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights; The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery; Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon; and Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War. His accolades include a Newbery Honor, three Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, a Sibert Medal, and three National Book Award finalist honors. Sheinkin lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife and two children.

Neil Swaab is a New York City–based illustrator, designer, and author. His work has graced the covers and interiors of numerous books for children including the New York Times bestseller Big Fat Liar by James Patterson and Neil's own series, The Secrets to Ruling School. He has also animated for TV an enjoys teaching at Parsons School of Design.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
When stepsiblings Doc and Abby come face-to-face with time-displaced Abraham Lincoln, it's up to them to fix history. In the new series' second volume, the duo travels back in time to persuade Abigail Adams, who has joined a pirate crew, that being First Lady is not boring. Sheinkin expertly slips in interesting facts and true events. Swaab's black-and-white spot illustrations add to the comedic tone. [Review covers these Time Twisters titles: Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean and Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler.] Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #2)
Reigning champion of narrative nonfiction for tweens and teens Sheinkin aims at a younger audience with this new and lighthearted paper-over-board fiction series. When Doc and Abby come face-to-face with a time-displaced Abraham Lincoln, it's up to the brother-and-sister team to fix history by persuading the sixteenth president to return to 1860. Despite the team's apparent success in the series opener, Lincoln's antics inspire other figures from the history books to follow his lead: in the second volume, Doc and Abby travel back to the early 1700s, where they must persuade Abigail Adams, who has joined an eighteenth-century pirate crew, that being America's second First Lady is not as boring as the history books make it seem. Sheinkin expertly slips a plethora of interesting facts and true events into the narratives. The black-and-white spot illustrations add to the comedic tone; and each volume's back matter helps readers delineate between the truths and the jokes. While the writing is full of wit and energy, the underdeveloped Doc and Abby, who function as readers' surrogates in both volumes, often have too little to do in the plots that unfold around them. Despite the low stakes and casual time-travel mechanics, the first two Time Twisters volumes are sure to appeal to readers ready to move on from Magic Tree House. eric carpenter Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 October #4)

Sheinkin (Undefeated) kicks off the Time Twisters series with two titles, including this lively Abraham Lincoln–themed romp. When stepsiblings Doc and Abby express their distaste for learning about history, Lincoln himself emerges from a cardboard box portal to give them an earful. After they follow Lincoln back in time, he informs them that he and other famous figures are sick of being called dull: "Since you insist on saying our lives are boring, well then we'll show you. You can read about us sitting in chairs, staring at the wall. See how you like it." Swaab's b&w cartoons play up the outlandish circumstances as Sheinkin has Lincoln facing off against a professional wrestler before recognizing that he needs to return to his rightful historical role (an afterword reveals the ways in which Sheinkin used real-life details about Lincoln, including his tendency to crack jokes). The truth about historical figures, Sheinkin suggests, is more interesting than the myths, and Lincoln's story concludes with hints about the historical mix-ups that will figure into subsequent books. Available simultaneously: Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean. Ages 7–10. Illustrator's agency: Shannon Associates. (Jan.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 January)

POPGr 3–5—Everyone in Abby's class hates history, especially her stepbrother, Doc. At the end of the school day, when Abby and Doc are waiting for their mom in the library storage room, they hear a thump coming from inside one of the cardboard boxes. Suddenly, out jumps Abraham Lincoln. He has traveled through time to let the students know that because of their complaints, he and other famous people have decided to quit history. This is where Abby's and Doc's exciting adventure begins. They must undo the damage they have done so that Abraham Lincoln will show up to the election and win the presidency. In this first book of the "Mixed-up History" series, Sheinkin combines historical facts with outlandish time travel antics. His historical note at the end encourages readers to "look it up" to find evidence of the unbelievable facts he shares about notable historical figures. Black-and-white line drawings reinforce the silliness of the story, while the short chapters will keep reluctant readers hooked. VERDICT A fun way to entice students to embrace what might seem, at first glance, like boring history.—Annette Herbert, F.E. Smith Elementary School, Cortland, NY

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.
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