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Searching for Lincoln's Ghost

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  36 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.

Paperback, 172 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Wiara Books
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Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“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
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Marise Ghorayeb
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"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
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!

Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow so many emotions, so many social topics and issues. I thought this book was going one way, didn't see this happening....and then that happening.....AND THEN THAT HAPPENING. A part of me was mad at a pivotal point. Then it softened. Then I started to understand. I reread the synopsis of the book. Love this writer, will read her other books.
S Guthrie
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Loved this book. Fell in love with Ezra and wanted to keep Andi and John under my wings. Very moving...
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1900-present
This story was OK, I did not love it, nor did I hate it. The storyline was good enough that I kept reading. I do have many criticisms. My first is that this is set in the 1960's. The author could have done so much more with the events that are noted in the 1960's. The Vietnam War and Kennedy's assassination were a mere sentence. The author took every hot topics from today and put them into a 1960's timeline. In this story you find, racial tension, homosexuality issues and the Catholic Church sca ...more
Marie Cordalis
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free Kindle copy of this book via Goodreads.
There are quite a few really excellent reviews of this book already on Goodreads so I won’t do a repeat of them. I will however add a few notes of my own. I
I think the author did a great job of capturing the feeling of the times. I was about the same age as the main character during those times and I remember well that chaotic feeling. The confusion of how something that felt so wrong could possibly be the prevailing feeling so many .
What a wonderful treasure this book is. Great story, great characters, some seriously heavy coming of age trauma. It's got a very unique voice to it, I'm reminded of A Christmas Story where Ralphie narrates his Red Rider BB gun Christmas. This is very similar with the narrator reflecting back on her 6th grade year and all the strange and scary things that influenced her during her formative years. Those first three sentences of the prologue was probably the saddest beginning to a book I've ever ...more
Beverly Ford
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great surprise

I have a!ways been intrigued with the stories surrounding Lincoln so I thought this was an interesting title and cover. I am so glad I purchased it. This book was very well written. It addressed so many social issues that are so relevant in today's world just as they were in the 60's ( the setting for the story). It also addressed spiritual issues about the afterlife. I would highly recommend this book it has so much more to offer than the description implies. I plan on checking
Issa Bacsa
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is a coming of age novel about Andrea “Andi” Powell who reminisce her experiences during her sixth grade at Lincoln Elementary School. This is a good memoir written in the first person point of view about growing up as a twelve-year-old girl in 1966, her first love, and wisdom she gained from her experiences. Read my review here: ...more
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a powerful wonderful story that delves deep into several main characters. It speaks to the racial injustices of past that unforunately are still with us today. The character of Ezra is my favorite for so many reasons. If you have not read this yet, I would out this book on your ti read list.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent look at life in the 60's from the perspective of a 6th grade girl who has suffered great loss but continues to have great hope. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emotional read.
Tiffani Erickson
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zzz-2012, fiction
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
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Logan Good
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Cathleen Bonville
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
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
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Spoiler Alert...
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.
Mary McDonald
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Brian Bakofen
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great last book of the year! It wove childhood with adult feelings, hit on racism, depression/PTSD, friendships, and sexuality, and even included a little history, all told from a 6th grade point of view of them all! All of these characters are children, but I have known them when I was a child and now that I am an adult I know their adult versions, and it reminds me that everyone has things to deal with.
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
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Barbara J. Dzikowski graduated from Indiana University with a degree in philosophy, and she went on to receive a Masters in counseling in 1997. She has published three novels, her debut being SEARCHING FOR LINCOLN'S GHOST (2011). THE MOONSTONERS (2019) was the first in a trilogy about two families whose lives become inextricably entwined from the 1960s through the present. In the second book of th ...more

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