Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

Posted: July 22, 2013 in Reviews, Young Adult
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Author: Steve Sheinkin

Hardback, 214 pages

Published in 2012 by Scholastic Inc.

Reader Category: Targeted to the younger reader, use judgement

AR Book Level: 6.6

From the Publisher:  On October 20, 1875, Secret Service agents raid the Illinois workshop of master counterfeiter Benjamin Boyd and arrest him.  Soon after Boyd is hauled off to prison, member of his counterfeiting ring gather and devise a plan to get Boyd back: steal Abraham Lincoln’s body from its tomb, stash it in a secret location, and demand, as a ransom, the release of Boyd – and $200,000 in cash.

The action in this true crime thriller alternates among the conspirators, the Secret Service agents on their trail, and the undercover double agent moving back and forth between the two groups.  Along the way, get a glimpse into the inner workings of counterfeiting, grave robbing, detective work, and the early days of the Secret Service.  The plot moves toward a wild climax as robbers and lawmen converge at Lincoln’s tomb on election night, 1876.

My Review:  When I started reading this book, I kept thinking that it reminded me of a history book.  Of course, that is exactly what it is!  As I kept reading, it became more than a history book, and turned into a crime novel.  This book is packed full of interesting facts and details and is enjoyable to read.  I never knew that the Secret Service was started to apprehend counterfeiters, not protect the president.  I also learned  that US political elections have not changed much from the 1800’s!  You are never too old to learn something new!


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