Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

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A true crime thriller -- the first book for teens to tell the nearly unknown tale of the brazen attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln's body!

The action begins in October of 1875, as Secret Service agents raid the Fulton, Illinois, workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. Soon after Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his counterfeiting ring gather in the back room of a smoky Chicago saloon to discuss how to spring their ringleader. Their plan: grab Lincoln's body from its Springfield tomb, stash it in the sand dunes near Lake Michigan, and demand, as a ransom, the release of Ben Boyd --and $200,000 in cash. From here, the action alternates between the conspirators, the Secret Service agents on their trail, and the undercover agent moving back and forth between the two groups. Along the way readers get glimpses 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: November 7, 1876.

About Steve Sheinkin

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Steve Sheinkin is the writer and illustrator of The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Wisdom and Wit in the Wild West (Jewish Lights), for which he won Moment Magazine's Emerging Writer Award in children's literature in 2006, and Rabbi Harvey Rides Again: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Folktales Let Loose in the Wild West (Jewish Lights), among other books.
Published January 1, 2013 by Scholastic Press. 224 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books.

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It gives a fair amount of background on the history of counterfeiting currency in America and then proceeds to chronicle the twisted tale of a group of counterfeiters who conspired to steal the assassinated president's body and ransom it for cash and the release of one of their confederates.

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Booklist Online

Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan Cindy: I started reading Lincoln’s Grave Robbers (Scholastic 2013) on the plane ride home from ALA Midwinter the day that Sheinkin won a 2013 Newbery Honor and the 2013 YALSA Nonfiction Award and the 2013 Sibert Medal for Bomb.

Mar 04 2013 | Read Full Review of Lincoln's Grave Robbers

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