My Life with the Lincolns
My dad used to be Abraham Lincoln. When I was six and learning to read, I saw his initials were A. B. E., Albert Baruch Edelman. ABE. That's when I knew.
Mina Edelman believes that she and her family are the Lincolns reincarnated. Her main task for the next three months: to protect her father from assassination, her mother from insanity, and herself—Willie Lincoln incar
Mina Edelman believes that she and her family are the Lincolns reincarnated. Her main task for the next three months: to protect her father from assassination, her mother from insanity, and herself—Willie Lincoln incarnate—from death at age twelve.
Apart from that, the summer of 1966 should be like any other. But Mina’s dad begins taking Mina along to hear speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr in Chicago. And soon he brings the freedom m ...more
The setting in Illinois in the late 1960s--Martin Luther King had just moved to Chicago and was working to make changes in the housing situation for bla ...more
Do I begin with the fact that I feel I was had and the book was nothing like I thought it would be?
Or do I begin with the annoying fact the book ended very abruptly [much like the Beatles song I Want You (She's So Heavy)].
Or the fact it just feels lacking. Beginning middle and end.
I know the book is for ages 10 and up... but I can't imagine a 10-year-old enjoying the in your face history lesson or the storyline concerning the parents.
I am a huge fan of Abraham L ...more
I do not know how to feel about this book, but it has so many parallels with today's fights for racial equality. It has white people patting themselves on the back for wokeness. It has black people who hate white people. It has thorny vocabulary preferences and calling out problematic behavior. And it addresses how weird and awkward it is to try to help, but be in the way. The price one pays to ...more
It was a quick read and I only finished it because I started it. Not at all what I expected.
This book was about a girl who is convinced that her family is the reincarnations of Abraham Lincoln and his family. I am convinced that this girl needs mental help. She seriously thought this for every page of the book - and believe you me, it was hard to forget this tidbit.
This girl was a crazy hypochondriac... that got old fast. Additionally, as she was "blossomin ...more
Brandeis gives Mina a quirky and very real voice, especially as her imagination takes off afte ...more
Most of the sites Ms. Brandeis mentioned, such as The Tivoli Theater and Busy Bee Bakery are still here. Many are gone; The Last Word restaurant, Bob's Big Boy. The lumber yard was closed a while back and is still for sale.
This is a hilarious account ...more
1966 suburban tween becomes involved in the civil rights movement with her father. Tween ALSO believes her family is the reincarnation of the Lincoln family (of the President Lincoln Lincolns) and she ties the Lincoln past into her present, 1966 life. Lots of history!
On top of the very interesting civil rights movement (touches on whites IN the movement and how s ...more
The Civil Rights movement part of the story was well done (though I haven't gotten to One Crazy Summer yet and since that's the one that got the N.H. I really should!).
But there were a lot of references that seemed ... unnecessary. Other reviewers have mentioned some of them. I'm not going to elaborate on all of them here because I have a few friends who are kids. Just know ... this is a well done story. It is just not one I woul ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Middle grade Civil Rights movement; girl thinks her dad is Abraham Lincoln reincarnated. [s]||6||11||May 18, 2018 10:11PM|