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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  3,779 ratings  ·  805 reviews
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 s
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Scholastic Press
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♥ Sandi ❣
Tells the story of the second attempt to rob Abraham Lincoln's body from his grave.
Early in the 1860's money counterfeiting was a business onto itself. After the Secret Service captured the most brilliant counterfeiter, Benjamin Boyd, in Fulton Illinois (about 15 miles from me) a plan was needed to garner cash - lots of cash. The robbing of Lincolns grave for a ransom of $200,000 and the prison release of Boyd, to put him back to work, was devised. Five men were involved in this plan, one being
jv poore
As Mr. Sheinkin has just received the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award Winner, 2013 for his, Bomb: The Race to Build—And Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, I fully expected to enjoy his account of criminals’ complications that lead to an attempt to steal Lincoln’s body. I was not disappointed.

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers is a non-fiction, historical book perfectly suited to Middle Schoolers. It is not; however, about robbing Lincoln’s grave. It is about counterfeiting. I ad
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is a sheer pleasure to watch this man's body of work grow. Benedict Arnold, with its extensive source notes confirmed that young readers don't have to choose between accurate and entertaining. I don'mind saying it again, Bomb's pacing raised the bar even higher. While most middle graders can handle Bomb, they will devour Lincoln's Grave Robbers.

This one's got it all. Cops and crooks, counterfeiting, treachery; all weaving around one of the most bizarre concepts I've ever encountered, body sn
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
History is boring, right?

Apparently nobody ever told Steve Sheinkin.

He's written this amazing book about an event in history that not very many people know about: in 1876, a gang of men tried to steal the corpse of President Abraham Lincoln. A group of Secret Service agents had been secretly following them for months and tried to catch them in the act.

Why would anyone want to steal a dead body? Sheinkin says it happened all the time in the 1800s. In this case, the men were counterfeiters—they ma
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lincoln fans, civil war history fans
Recommended to Joan by: NYT bestseller
This book is driving me insane. For some bizarre reason, WorldCat has it listed as FICTION. This is written by the guy who just won both the Sibert and YALSA nonfiction Awards this year, and whose entire oeuvre is nonfiction. It reads exactly as his other books read, like a thriller. I think that descriptive word is the villain in WorldCat miscataloging it as fiction. They ignored the two words before the word thriller in the SLJ review: TRUE CRIME. True crime means, well TRUE. REAL. No??? I not ...more
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it
One Sentence Review: Lots of fun potential in this one, but something about the layout and the limitations of the story itself just doesn't let it rise to Sheinkin's usual genius levels.
Jenn Estepp
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's pretty inevitable that this is going to get compared to Bomb, right? And found a bit lesser in comparison, because it is by nature a smaller, less-impactful and immediate story? In some ways, I think that Bomb has already pretty much overshadowed it, winning all it's (well-deserved) accolades around the same time that this one was released. So, I'm just getting this out of the way: It's not Bomb, it doesn't have the resonance of Bomb.

But it's darn good, completely fascinating non-fiction.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Get ready for an adventure! The same year Steve Sheinkin released Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon, which received a Newbery Honor, he also came out with Lincoln's Grave Robbers, investigating a little-known incident that took place eleven years after Abraham Lincoln's assassination. The history isn't as high-stakes as in Bomb, but the crime being attempted is shocking. After a life of colossal triumphs and devastating losses, one would think President Lincoln ...more
Katharine Ott
"Lincoln's Grave Robbers" - written by Steve Sheinkin and published in 2012 by Scholastic. Did you know that "By 1864 an astounding 50 percent of the paper money in circulation was fake?" Counterfeiting was a lucrative gig, but when the Secret Service (which was originally created to pursue this crime) successfully jailed a skilled engraver, his crew decided on an audacious money-making venture so they could spring him. It had been tried before, but this one actually succeeded in getting into th ...more
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All great details based on the life of how the notorious counterfeiters became a grave robber... But who's grave do they steal? It is the one and only grave of the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln!! Hearing about this, a group of lawmen tries to chase down these grave robbers. Will they succeed?... Or will they lose the body of Lincoln?... Find out by reading this book!
Dee Dee G
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I watched a documentary about this a few years ago and was amazed that something like this happened. This book gives plenty of details without being gruesome.
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfic, historical, ya
This book is SUCH an easy booktalk. Kids typically know how Abraham Lincoln died, but NOBODY knows where his body is now. That's an AWESOME hook for a booktalk, and I had a great time connecting this narrative to body snatching, grave robbing, medical research, Frankenstein, spies, undercover agents, forgery, and holding things for ransom. There are so many ways you could plug this thing. :)

Helps that the package is well done, too. The graphic design is nice, it's shaped the same as a chapter bo
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I used this as a read aloud this year after seeing it on a Booklist list. After four tours at the tomb, I had heard reference of this unusual event but this was my first time really understanding it. This book was very comprehensive without being boring. Steve Sheinken does an excellent job knowing when to change the topic and keep the book moving.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
I find book about grave robbing super interesting so when I saw this I wanted to read it andi t was a good quick read, I really enjoyed it, cant say I really learned much but it was good
Shae Petersen
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
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Stephanie Crowther
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A riveting true story of the 1876 attempt to steal President Lincoln’s body. This book is well-researched and written in an engaging way for young adults. I learned some things about history that I didn’t know before—things about counterfeiting, grave robbing, and the early role of the Secret Service. It was so interesting to see how crimes were solved, and I was glued to each page. Steve Sheinkin has a marvelous way of ending each chapter with a suspenseful sentence that forbids you from taking ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, audio
I learned as much about the origin of the Secret Service and the national economic threat of counterfeiting money as I did about the Lincoln Grave Robbing heist.

There are few historical non-fiction writers I enjoy as much as Steve Sheinkin. In fact, he probably tops my list. He takes these obscure, big stories and gives them the time they deserve.

If you haven't read Bomb or The Notorious Benedict Arnold, consider them. They're a bit longer than this one, but every bit as captivating, and more.

Phillip Argall
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I think that it was brilliant to teach young adults about the true event of Lincoln's robbery attempt. Yet the book being real wasn't presented in a fashion that was interesting. It took on a Oceans robbery attempt. Trying to set up everything over a long period of time, yet the climax of the book, when they broke in lasted so short that it wasn't much of a worth. Though you can't twist history there seemed to be a point were the breaking could have lasted longer.
Hunter E
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book Lincoln’s gave robbers was about a group of men that are thinking of taking his body and selling it to get money. The group of men make a big plan of how to get the body out of the memorial without getting caught. Some of the men get caught for coney which is counterfeit money. Will the men get caught? Read the book to find out if they get caught or sell the body to get lots of money.
Mason Melick
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i think that the people that like mystery would like this book. this book i liked because it was kinda was a mystery for me.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book Lincolns Grave Robbers was very fascinating I had never known there was an attempt to steal Lincolns body before. Very interesting and exciting good read.
Ms. Kendell
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I picked up this book and ended up reading the whole thing because I DID NOT WANT TO STOP! I loved uncovering parts of history I knew nothing about, especially about counterfeit money and how people will do really stupid things in crime rings because they think it will be THE solution. Silly criminals... This is a great little book for anyone who loves history, Abraham Lincoln, uncovering criminal plots, and getting inside the mind of a criminal.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating! My 12 year old enjoyed it and I did as well!
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really interesting! I did not know that there were two separate attempts to steal his remains... Or that counterfeiting was such a problem.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Used this s a read aloud with my preteen and teen. They both enjoyed it, and so did I. Entertaining and educational... a mom’s dream!
Heather Graham
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting bit of history which might have warranted 3 1/2 stars but with Will Patton narrating earned a solid 4 stars. Love Will Patton!
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Interesting, account of the plot to steal Lincoln's body from the memorial. If you see this booki in a aisle in your local library, be sure to give it a try.
Julian Martinez
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered if someone would ever do the unthinkable rob a president's tomb and hold it for ransom and to also free one of the most notorious engravers in the state Benjamin Boyd. Well that is exactly what had happened in 1919 a group of counterfeiters planned and attempted to steal the body of Abraham Lincoln to hold it for ransom and the release of Boyd. The genre of my book is nonfiction I know this because the author tells the reader about a event that actually happened and talks ...more
Barb Middleton
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I admire how Steve Sheinkin weaves historical quotes into engaging narratives where characters are easy to visualize and settings contain details that draw on the senses to create captivating nonfiction stories. He makes it look so goldurn easy. In Sheinkin's award winning book, Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon, he integrates three plotlines into a thriller that I couldn't put down. This latest book is not as complex which makes it accessible for younger rea ...more
Tyler Speigle
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a group of people attempting to steal Abraham Lincoln's grave. It starts by detailing the coney business (creating fake money). One of the best at the time gets caught and sent to jail for it, messing up business for coney men all over. A high roller nicknamed Big Jim relied heavily on the fake money Ben Boyd made, and with him gone, it severely hurt him. So in attempt to get him released from jail, he creates a group of people to steal Lincoln's grave, then plans on giving it ...more
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