Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln by Patricia Polacco

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Two kids. One mysterious doorway to the Civil War.

Michael and Derek don’t expect the adventure of a lifetime while visiting a Civil War museum with their grandmother. But when the mysterious museum keeper invites them to play a special history game, they suddenly find themselves walking through a door into a very realistic depiction of 1862.

It’s only the beginning of their journey as they are whisked away by a carriage to nearby Antietam only days after a violent battle. There, they see for themselves the tragic aftermath of war and come face-to-face with Abraham Lincoln. Suddenly, the boys begin to wonder—is this all real?

Patricia Polacco brings history to vibrant life and uses facts and primary sources to open a doorway through time into a pivotal moment of the Civil War.
 

About Patricia Polacco

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An illustrator, designer, and writer of children's books, Patricia Polacco comes from a family of storytellers, poets, dirt farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She is a member of the Center of U.S.\U.S.S.R. Initiatives and her stories for children, often with a Russian theme, have been widely praised. Rechenka's Eggs received the International Reading Association Award, and The Keeping Quilt, winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award, was recommended by School Library Journal for its "richly detailed" and "beautifully conceived" illustrations (SLJ starred review). She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and two children.
 
Published January 6, 2011 by Puffin. 48 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Little Amish Naomi gets her wish to have something fancy when she finds an odd egg that hatches into a bird so beautiful that Naomi is terrified he will be "shunned": a peacock.

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The creator of January’s Sparrow (2009) and Pink and Say (1994) sends two modern lads back to the Civil War for an encounter with President Lincoln and a shocked gander at an Antietam battlefield.

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The creator of January's Sparrow (2009) and Pink and Say (1994) sends two modern lads back to the Civil War for an encounter with President Lincoln and a shocked gander at an Antietam battlefield.

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In Polacco's (January's Sparrow) third book touching on Civil War history, two contemporary boys and their grandmother visit a museum. There, Michael exclaims that it must have been cool to fight in

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In Polacco's (January's Sparrow) third book touching on Civil War history, two contemporary boys and their grandmother visit a museum. There, Michael exclaims that it must have been cool to fight in

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Patricia Polacco, respected as an illustrated-book realist, taps into another tradition here, "time-slip" fantasy, when her grandsons walk through a 21st century door and travel to the Antietam battlefield with Matthew Brady and meet Abraham Lincoln.

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