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Searching for Lincoln's Ghost

4.44 of 5 stars 4.44  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Searching for Lincoln's Ghost is a story about coming-of-age during the tumultuous 1960s, exploring such disturbing topics as personal isolation, fear and depression, bullying, social and racial intolerance. Peppered with Lincoln folklore and history, it is a timeless tale of the power of love, empathy, and how the actions of one person can profoundly impact another.

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Paperback, 172 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Wiara Books
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This book came to me simply enough, in an envelope. It is paperback, and I make it a habit not to read too much into cover art but this cover got me. I don't read other people's reviews before I read a book, I don't want their thoughts swirling around as I read. It tends to muddle things. If you haven't read the book, don't read this review. Not because it contains spoilers; in fact it doesn't. Because you want to form your own opinion. To heck with what I say.

Now that you have read the book, I
“Life is Seeds”- Ezra in Searching for Lincoln’s Ghost

It is still a surprise to me when I think about the events that led to discovering a soul-searing book called Searching for Lincoln’s Ghost written by Barbara J. Dzikowski. On one of my idle days, I browsed the world of internet to fill the void that was tearing the creative side of my mind which could only be filled by that One Book waiting for me to be read and pondered. When I came across Lincoln’s Ghost, I was stuck by the oddity of the
Marise Ghorayeb
Rating: 4.5 Stars

“Searching for Lincolns Ghost” manages to be one of the few books that simultaneously contains sufficient literary complexity that my former English teachers would have loved to make it assigned reading, and also manages to remain entertaining enough that I enjoyed reading it. Barbara Dzikowski does a wonderful job of using literary techniques like foreshadowing and thematic patterning to bring across several poignant messages within the narrative. I’ve noticed that with less s
Florence Osmund
"Searching For Lincolnʾs Ghost" is the story of a young girl in the 1960s who is faced with adult social and philosophical issues that many grown-ups would have difficulty managing. It is her innocence and unrelenting drive to understand things that help her get through them.

The author does an exemplary job creating the characters. Written in first person from the perspective of the eleven-year-old protagonist, Andi, you will feel the depth of her thinking as she tries to find the answers to her
I received Searching for Lincoln's Ghost as a Goodreads Giveaway, and was excited to get started on it when it arrived. It is a wonderful "coming-of-age" story set in the 1960s. The book begins in present-day Indiana with the adult main character, Andi Powell, attending the funeral of her first adolescent love, John Malone. At the funeral she reflects on her sixth grade year (1966), when she first met John. The title of the book refers to sightings of Abraham Lincoln's ghost by previous sixth gr ...more
What an incredible book! I instantly fell in love with Andi, and her story may jave struck me as more powerful because of it. Andi Powell is on a desperate search for proof of life after death. As her sixth grade year begins, nothing seems to go as planned. She is unexplainably transferred to a class without her best friend, and things just seem to go downhill from there. Andi has not, however.given up hope of being the next sixth grader to see Lincolns ghost, which supposedly haunts Abraham Lin ...more
OK I won this book from goodreads and when I told some of my friends about it they asked why I even entered as it did not appear to be that good of a book..I kind of agreed thinking I may have made a mistake. I did not make a mistake this book does not need pity stars because I won it or anything like that. It was a very easy read (As most YA books are)but Barbara brought my youth back to life for me as she wrote about 1966 in a way I remember that time and in a way that anyone familar with the ...more
This is one of those books that I didn't realize how much I enjoyed it until the very end and I could reflect back on the entire story. It was quite moving at the end. I love the references to the 60s school days, such as the fresh smell of mimeographs (dittoes). Nobody who was in school during that time ever forgets that smell; as adults, when I mention that to anyone, they all remember that fondly!!!! Ezra is a great character; I enjoy his philosophy on life, his devotion to his dog, Seth, and ...more
Such an absolutely wonderful coming of age story set in a 1960's racist society. After Andi's parents die in an auto accident at a railroad crossing, she becomes obsessed with finding out if there is life after death, and when she begins the sixth grade at Lincoln Elementary school and learns of the Lincoln sightings, she is determined to seek him out and talk to him.....HOWEVER, this statement does NOT begin to define what this book is all about. Be prepared for an emotional ride!

S Guthrie

Loved this book. Fell in love with Ezra and wanted to keep Andi and John under my wings. Very moving...
Mar 03, 2014 Linda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults and teen readers of serious fiction
Shelves: coming-of-age
This coming-of-age in the 'sixties novel is multi-layered and more complex than I expected it to be. The narrator's voice is deceptively simple, reminding me of Scout's voice in To Kill a Mockingbird, yet the themes in the story go beyond a simple ghost story. In fact, I was a bit shocked to discover the big secret. As a writer, I really appreciated Dzikowski's skill in crafting the novel. I appreciated all the references that pinned it to the turbulent sixties. A social and psychological coming ...more
Tiffani Erickson
I received this book as part of a Giveaway and by looking at the cover, thought it was a non-fiction book about his past and maybe some assumptions about his afterlife, but after reading the back cover and then finishing the book, it wasn't what I expected, but it was a very good book. It was short, but I feel that everything said and described in this book was fully covered in the right about of time. I enjoyed the time frame being set in the late sixties as well them being younger children--in ...more
Cathleen Bonville
This coming of age in the 60's story will make you smile, cry and get frustrated. There were a few easily predictable segments that were rather important to the story, but one incident that caught me completely off guard. It was refreshing. The characters are likable and believable. I found myself pitying them for most of the story. Although there is information about Lincoln spread throughout the story, it is not about Lincoln. Fans of the president who are searching for a Lincoln story beware ...more
I won this on Goodreads book givaway.

I loved it. The author told the story of Andi, an eleven year old white girl in the 1960s who has lost her parents at the age of five.

Its hard to believe that Andi is fictional. The author brought her to life. The social politics of the USA in the 1960s and the social politics of grade six are both portrayed so clearly it actually takes you back to that time and place (if only in imagination).

Andi's thoughts on her parents and her quest to find proof of an a
Lori Tatar
This is a nice coming-of-age story that tries to cover a lot of territory like racism, religion, pedophilia, death, first-love, friendship, domestic violence and homosexuality all in a short 160 pages. It got a bit preacher-like at times. The story could have been a masterpiece had the author focused on one or two topics and let the reader discern the lessons from the story, rather than thrusting the morals of the story in the reader's face. More depth could have given "Searching for Lincoln's G ...more
Frank Staniszewski
I chose to read this book since it had such a high average rating on Goodreads.
However, I think it is just not my kind of book. I'm afraid I would call it a little sappy. The main character is well developed and the story is pretty good with a little bit of a surprise near the end. But I am not really into morality tales and the existence of a hereafter.
Those are the topics of this book.
It is also written a little bit amateurish. somewhat like a class project. If you like Owen Meany and that ty
Mary McDonald
I LOVED this book. It is simply written but not beneath an adult reader. I loved some of the passages. Many of the similes were cleverly done. I enjoyed the Lincoln history strewn throughout, although Lincoln is not the focus of this book. There are a lot of life lessons to ponder. Would make an excellent book club book. This would be great for school age children, except that there are a few touchy incidents/subject matters best left to high school and older.
Logan Good
This book had me from the first page. I instantly found myself wanting more with each turn of the page and I quickly found myself caught up in the story. The author has written a beautiful story about coming of age in a very tense time in our society and has presented it in a way that is extremely engaging. The history presented in the book is extremely interesting and adds to the story without taking away from the main plot. The author has written a wonderful book which is interesting and thoug ...more
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I really liked this book. Loved the story from the perspective of a young sixth grade girl. I related to several of her experiences!
With that being said, I was disappointed towards the end. I did not like the turn the author took with the two male teachers. Although I knew what the "noises" Andi heard were, I think a male/female teacher woild have been more realistic and worked better in this story.
I still thought it was a good story overall.
Barbara Dzikowski
Jan 27, 2012 Barbara Dzikowski rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Kirkus Reviews writes ...

"In her first novel, Dzikowski has created a world complete enough to transport the reader back in time and a spunky protagonist whose emotional journey breaks the heart.
Dzikowski's poignant, engrossing historical novel vividly parallels the last brutal days of segregation with the experiences of a small town girl coming of age in a racist society."
Doctor Sax
This was a great read that I really enjoyed due to the sensitive parallels between 1860's Lincoln and the 1960's subjects in the book. Character development was superb as we see the growth, vulnerability, anger, humiliation, kindness, and eventually the maturity of the numerous players that bring this story to light. Tremendously well written book!
Set in the 1960's, this book is about a young girl who is searching for the answer to 'is there life after death?'. This was a very good book and I really fell in love with the characters, especially Ezra and Seth. This is a very emotional, compelling novel and I would recommend it to teens, young adults and book discussion groups.
Great read, was hooked by page 3.
Would have loved this to be longer. Really enjoyed the era and the history.
Very well written.
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads and am very pleased to have been chosen. Thoroughly enjoyed.
Chris Johnson
I just finished this book, i really enjoyed it.This book i won in a good reads giveaway and im glad i won it. Im looking forward to reading more from this author. Id also like to thank barbara the author for signing it.
The secrets were obvious from the beginning, but the point was to understand it from the children's perspective. It was beautifully written and I loved the surprise at the end.
Enjoyed it. Loved Ezra!!! He was my absolute favorite!!
Amanda Moore
it so good i go bk to book soon
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Barbara J Dzikowski earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy and counseling, respectively, from Indiana University. Searching for Lincoln's Ghost is her debut novel. Particularly fascinated by the 1960s, she is currently working on her second novel about this era, a family saga focusing on the cataclysmic year of 1968.
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