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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  518 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Bella isn't evil. But even people with good intentions can end up doing bad things. Especially when they meet people with the power to persuade them to do almost anything, like John Wilkes Booth-the most charismatic and famous actor of his time. So when Booth sets his sights on Bella, an assistant seamstress to Mary Todd Lincoln, to help with his plot to kidnap President L ...more
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Published November 1st 2012 by Walker & Company (first published September 3rd 2005)
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Jun 18, 2008 Jenna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 9 to 13 or so
Wow... this was a really good book. I usually don't like historical fiction, but this was really good. It's about the civil war, an innocent girl, and a fanatic. I love the back:
Ah, fair Bella, I regret what happened to you. Truly I do, but I want the world to know that I could not have spared you. No, no, I couldn't. You were part of a plan, a plan much larger, a plan much more important than one girl, no matter how sweet.
He noticed me then. I could feel his eyes on my burning fa
Aldo Avila

Would you risk your life to save someone else. The genre of the story is mystery fiction. I think the book is great personally. It is filled with action and romance in the story. The story is filled with kind characters and evil characters. There is many romance scenes that seem wonderful. There many action scenes that are great too. There is also some parts that will make you want to keep reading and not stop. You will find many great moments in this book you just got to keep
Hunter Alexander
This book was quite good. It had all of the facts about Lincoln's death but with an entertainment point of view. That point of view came from Arabella, the main character, with a side story about her life. But what I found fascinating was how Anna Meyers combined the story lines. I would certainly recommend this book to a person who finds regular history rather boring.
A charismatic actor, southern sympathizer, assassin to be, John Wilkes Booth. A young girl, torn between her Confederate father, and her job as an assistant to Mrs. Lincoln's dressmaker. She likes Mr. Lincoln, and sees that he is a good, caring man. As the book goes on, she finds herself farther on the Union side.

Bella finds herself a job at Ford's theater, trading work for tickets. There she meets Wilkes and falls under his sway. He recruits her in to his original plan to kidnap the President.
I love this book! It's set during the civil war, while Lincoln is president. Bella is born in the south, but later becomes a northerner. This book really puts you into the moment. I love all the feeling and excitement! I'm not the biggest fan of historical fiction, but I really loved this book!
Rani B
Mar 14, 2014 Rani B is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
John Wilkes Booth killed Lincon for the south, for he thought he would get prise. the south hated him. the news papers said "Enemy Of The South," he was put in a fit of rage, and he turned him self in, to die a few days later. Wilkes had a plan. This plan involved a 16 year old girl. the girl, Bella, would be doing her job at the white house, a sewing maid, and would leave work to tell Wilkes when the president was leaving for the soldier home. Wilkes and his acomplises would kidnape the preside ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I liked how it incorporated historical figures and events into the story to really make it flow. The build up to the climax was kind of slow, but if you keep reading it, the book is really rewarding. I would recommend this book who likes history and a novel that, in the end, keeps on on edge. The main characters, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln, and Bella, granddaughter of a seamstress of the Presidents wife, have a complicated relationship. When th ...more
Well for starters I wish where you put if you read it, want to read it or are currently reading it, I think they should have a forced to read it. (shout out to Mrs. Sweeney) Haha i crack myself up, anyways it was a pretty good book and it kept switching off from the perspective of John Wilkes Booth to the little girl named Bella. Read more to find out about his plan. Even though history kinds of ruins this book because it gives away the ending but not Bella's ending does she live or does John Wi ...more
Bella Gretchel first meets John Wilkes Booth when she is just a child in Richmond. She's struck by his charm and gentlemanly nature. She dreams of joining the theatre like her idol but tragedy intervenes and she is sent to live with her grandmother in Washington City. Bella's grandmother is an assistant seamstress at the White House for President Buchanan's niece. There Bella meets Steven Browning, an intelligent, talkative boy who quickly becomes her best friend. Soon there's a new family in th ...more
May 01, 2009 Mindi is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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A twisted mind, a heinous crime, and a smile that could charm the devil itself. We all know that one of history’s most famous presidents Abraham Lincoln was our first president to be assonated; but have you ever wondered what went through the seemingly crazy mind of his killer, what thought made him pull that deadly trigger? Assassin tells the thrilling and horrible story of Lincoln’s assassination through the mind of a young girl who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong t
Kristin Miranda
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Perfect chance to have an opportunity to imagine what went on in the killer's mind when he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. But I don't know if I would be taken by him as easily as Bella did. I mean c'mon, he invites you to dinner to discuss the kidnapping (and in his case, preferably the killing) of one of the greatest presidents in our history? Besides, I've seen his picture and I won't be the last to say that's he no beauty. I admit, I'm a coward so I would've jumped and ran to the cop ...more

Do you think John W. Booth had barely any friends? Well, you were wrong. John was a famous acter, who believed that slaves should stay as slaves forever, he believed in slavery. This book is all about him, and his big obbsession of the South.

Little Bella, who lived in the South, has no clue how she will betray many people, including herself, when she gets older. Her father took her to her Grandmother right after her mother had died, and promised her that he would come back to get her in a lit
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This book is set in the time that Abraham Lincolin was president. Bella lived with her father in the South until her mother died. Then he dropped her off at her Grandma's house in Washington City and said he would be back for her. He never came back. Her Grandmother sewed at the Whit House for Mrs. Lincoln. Bella would go to school and then go to the White House until her Grandmother was done working. Bella met a boy at school named Stephen and they became best friends. He worke
I liked this book.It got me interested from the start. I really liked the part when John Wilkes Booth joined a army marching band to go to the hanging of John Brown.The man who killed pro-slavery men, After the hanging is when he decided to kill president Abraham Lincoln. It was the parts when they switched between characters and told their connection to each other and their version of this story. I stayed up late reading this overall to me it was a great book.
The premise of this book (a young girl telling about her connection with John Wilkes Booth -- and his first person account) is intriguing, and I love that Bella is a flawed, yet likeable, heroine. Her conflicted feelings are an accurate representation of what a lot of people were going through during the Civil War, and I appreciated the fact that, despite her age (14) when Lincoln was assassinated, she knew she shouldn't be drawn in by Booth's charm, but was anyway. The facts and details of Boot ...more
Julie Wilde
When Bella's mother dies, she moves to Washington D.C. to live with her grandmother. She works as a seamstress for Mrs. Lincoln, but she dreams of being an actress. Bella is encouraged to go to Ford's theater to get a job making costumes, moving her closer to her dream. While at the theater, she meets John Wilkes Booth, a charismatic actor whom Bella idolizes. John asks Bella to do him a favor (I think you know what I'm talking about), but Bella is torn. She must choose between her dream or betr ...more
Isabella Shockley
This book was amazing. I love how there were so many descriptive words in it. One part I hated about the book was the begging because of how slow it was going, but other wise I loved it. I liked how it would switch off from each characters perspective. This was a great way to show information on Lincoln's death and how it happened too.
I'd seen this book on the shelf in the Y Books area of the library and the cover always intrigued me. This was sort of my introduction into YA literature. I am one of those people who will read a book just because I like the cover, I've found many interesting books that way and a few that haven't been so great. For the most part I'd say 90% of the books I judge by their cover have been good, this one was one of the good ones. It's about a seamstress for President Lincoln's wife in the White Hous ...more
Eric Lele
This was a really interesting book. It takes place back when Abraham Lincoln became president of the United States. The story is split between two people: John Wilkes Booth, a man who wants to kill Lincoln, and Arabella Getchel, a girl who falls under the charm of John and helps plot a kidnapping. Near the end, Arabella decides to change her mind about hurting Abraham Lincoln, but instead of letting her go, John ties her up and places her inside a piece of furniture with a piece of cloth in her ...more
Anna Brown
I loved it. There was so much action and emotions in that book. My favorite part is when wilkes had trapped Bella. Although it was a very sad part in the story at least Bella survived. I love when Bella and Steven had connected with each other and fell in love.
Tessa Wienss
This novel, I would say, had an extremely intriguing story to tell. Although fictitious, Arabella and the very real Booth and their saga was an intense pleasure to read. This book was an assignment, but I can say that it was so well written, I'm glad that it was a requirement otherwise I may never have picked it up.
The Book Assassin by Anna Myers is a 2000 page historical fiction book. It takes place in 1859 Virginia. The time Abraham Lincoln was in office. There’s a fourteen year old, short, American girl named Bella was just doing her daily schedule until this tall, older, and American man named Wilkes came into her life. After awhile they became best friends. After they new they could trust each other they do many things. What do they do together? Do they really trust each other? Read the book to find o ...more
Alysha Speer
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Lori Cox
Nice historical read about John Wilkes Booth and a fictional character named Arabella Gretchel. The chapters alternate between the two characters point of view, the charismatic “Wilkes” and the naïve Arabella. I really felt like the author knew her history and she described Washington during that time quite vividly. As Wilkes leads Arabella (the assistant seamstress of Mrs. Lincoln) astray, the tension builds up to Lincoln’s assassination and the part these two characters play. Learned a lot abo ...more
You should definetly read Assassin by Anna Meyers.This story is realistic because it was in the time of the civil war.1859 was when the story started and Bucanan was the president at the time.A year passed and Abraham Lincoln was elected president and he wanted tofree the slaves.A young man named John Wilkes Booth loved having slavesin the south.He would kill anyone that doughted the south.John Wilkes Booth was an actor and loved by many people.He was famousfor two things.One is that he was the ...more
Abraham Lincoln's death from the perspective of a seamstress. As an adult, I didn't care for this book. Older elementary kids love this book.
This book is fast-paced, well-written and provides a new look at the assassination of President Lincoln. While it was decided that John Wilkes Booth had acted alone, what might have happened had he had help?

Young Bella is adorable in this re-telling. She is young and vulnerable, which sets her up perfectly for the deception that Wilkes pulls over her eyes.

Oh Wilkes. The character is so well-explained in this book compared to history stories. Now, Wilkes probably wasn't exactly like this, but sim
I picked up this book because of all the Lincoln documentaries on TV this past week. It was written for younger readers, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story and all the attention given to the historical details. Ms. Myers did a great job taking me back to the time in our nations history leading up to the assasination of President Lincoln. In alternating chapters you become wrapped up in the lives of John Wilkes Booth, as well as the young White House seamstress Arabella. Ms. Myers, you succeeded ...more
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