Do You Hear Me, Mr. Lincoln? by Judith Caseley

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A teen finds solace in Abraham Lincoln’s words and wisdom

People don’t just up and die in the middle of the kitchen . . . in the middle of lunch . . . in the middle of their lives, do they? Sierra’s father does, and suddenly life is blurred and unreal. No amount of sympathy from Aunt Rose, Tia Claudia, or the rest of Sierra’s well-meaning Jewish-Cuban extended family can bring the focus back.
But there is the junk-shop portrait of Abraham Lincoln—Sierra’s historical idol—that had been one of Papa’s “finds.” With Lincoln’s kind eyes and craggy, melancholy face staring out from the frame, it’s as if he is Sierra’s confidant, listening to what she longs to say so she can let Papa go . . . and let her family back in.

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Judith Caseley says, "When I was a little girl, I fell in love with Abraham Lincoln. I was drawn to the kindness and melancholy I saw in his face. My sister Jean and I prayed to a framed portrait of him that hung on our bedroom wall. To this day, when I see Lincoln's likeness on the wall of a school auditorium, my heart lifts with gladness or my eyes fill with tears. I remember the fierce secrets we told him, the joys and sorrows that were for his ears only. It was a private act of communion, and we called him A. L." Judith Caseley is the author-artist of such favorite picture books as On the Town: A Community Adventure; Bully; Mama, Coming and Going; and Dear Annie. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her two children.
Published January 1, 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 243 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A portrait of Abraham Lincoln provides unexpected comfort for 13-year-old Sierra when her father’s sudden death leaves her dry-eyed, angry and lonely.

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