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He Has Shot the President!: April 14, 1865: The Day John Wilkes Booth Killed President Lincoln (Actual Times) Hardcover – April 1, 2014

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  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Series: Actual Times (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596432241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596432246
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 3–6—On this fateful day, Lincoln planned a carriage ride in the park and an evening at the theater with his wife. At the same time, John Wilkes Booth planned to kill the president. Here, Brown tells the story of that day and its aftermath, with a clear and engaging narrative style, covering not only the assassination but also other attacks planned by Booth and his friends: the stabbing of Secretary of State William Seward and a planned attack on Vice President Andrew Johnson, which never came to fruition. The narrative continues with the story of Booth's flight and capture, Lincoln's death, Seward's recovery, and the fate of Booth's coconspirators. The narrative reads like fiction, though Brown is careful to stick closely to his source material, and only when a person's words are known does he include the quotations as dialogue. The book's end matter consists of a brief bibliography, though sources for specific quotations are not cited. Brown's muted but action-filled illustrations add visual interest and occasionally help convey information, such as showing the layout of Lincoln's box at Ford's Theatre. Most libraries will find this a useful addition to their collections as the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's death draws near. This should be an interesting and illuminating title that serves as a good introduction to the topic for young people, and some readers may wish to move on to James L. Swanson's Chasing Lincoln's Killer (Scholastic, 2009) for more in-depth coverage of the subject.—Misti Tidman, Licking County Library, Newark, OH

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Practically any school-age child can tell you that John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln while he watched a play. Few of them, however, are probably familiar with the names of Booth’s coconspirators or the fact that the assassination was only part of a much larger plan that included other assassinations. Nor do they likely know about the manhunt to find Booth, the details of his ultimate demise, or the poignant train ride that carried Lincoln’s body back to Springfield, Illinois, during which nearly a quarter of the nation paid their respects, including hundreds of African Americans. Brown, a prolific writer of history books for children, lays out the overarching story vividly but soberly, offering salient details that give human qualities to the facts of the past. His dramatic art, painted in historically evocative colors, is as effective in conveying the terror of Lewis Powell’s attack on the bedridden Secretary of State William Seward as it is in showing the sorrow of those gathered around Lincoln’s deathbed. An excellent and accessible way into history for young readers. Grades 4-6. --Jesse Karp

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
On the night of April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot and mortally wounded Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. This graphic novel presents the events surrounding the death of the President, in a manner that is easy for younger readers to understand. The illustration work is quite good, and the author did a great job of boiling down the history of the events to a quick and easy to read narrative.

I found this to be a very good book, one that is sure to entertain the young reader, even while he or she learns about what happened in those terrible days. I highly recommend it!
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