Abraham Lincoln was known for his sense of humor. But in 1842, early in his adult life, it nearly got him into trouble. He had to use his imagination to save his career–and maybe even his life.
When Abraham Lincoln became frustrated with the actions of James Shield, a political rival, he came up with a plan. It was silly. It was clever. And it was a great big mistake! Lincoln, his future wife, and a friend of hers wrote a series of fictional letters to the editor, complaining about Shields. But when Shields took offense, he challenged Lincoln to a duel. How would our future president straighten things out and save the lives and careers of both himself and his rival?
Donna Bowman’s humorous voice and S.D. Schindler’s expressive illustrations are the perfect match for this story of Abraham Lincoln’s humor and wit. Back matter includes an author’s note with a bibliography.
“Lively, engaging… Bowman’s conversational, folksy reader-directed paragraphs incorporate droll, dramatic, and suspenseful touches that will likely hold readers’ interest…Schindler’s intricate, expressive watercolor-and-ink illustrations lend further vibrancy.” ―Booklist
“Bowman’s upbeat telling is infused with folksy humor, and Schindler’s superb watercolor-and-ink illustrations effectively capture the time period.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Bowman adds levity and appeal… Schindler’s illustrations, done in watercolor and ink, are a perfect accompaniment to this moralistic story.” ―School Library Journal
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People ―National Council for the Social Studies, Children’s Book Council, 2019
Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards (Finalist, Picture Books) ―Writers’ League of Texas, 2018
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate)―Kansas National Education Association, 2019
Alabama Camellia Award (Nominee, Grades 4-5 Non-fiction) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2019-2020
Delaware Diamonds Award (Nominee, 3-5) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2019-2020
AR Level: 4.8
F&P: S, Gr. 4, Genre HF
Themes: Consequences, Dispute, Honesty, Honor, Humor, Journalism, Resolution
BISAC 1: JNF025200 JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 19th Century
BISAC 2: JNF007130 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Presidents and First Families (U.S.)
BISAC 3: JNF053200 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Issues / Values & Virtues