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About the Author

Stacia Deutsch is the author of more than fifty children’s books, including the eight-book, award-winning chapter book series Blast to the Past. She has also written the tween novel Mean Ghouls as well as books for the Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew and The Boxcar Children series. Stacia has been on the New York Times bestseller list for the novelizations of the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The Smurfs movies. For new releases and school visit information visit StaciaDeutsch.com.

Rhody Cohon does all the research and editing for the Blast to the Past series. She has a master’s degree in computer engineering. Rhody lives with her family in Tuscon, Arizona.

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Lincoln’s Legacy

1

Mondays


Every Monday, Mr. Caruthers came to class late.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, he’d be waiting in the classroom before the bell rang. But never on Monday. There was something strange about Mondays.

And today was Monday.

When I entered the classroom, Maxine Wilson was already sitting at her table.

“Hey, Abigail,” she greeted me. I always liked Maxine. We’d known each other since kindergarten.

“Are you ready?” I asked her.

“I’m always ready on Mondays.” Maxine had a stopwatch.

The school bell was the signal.

Brrring.

Maxine pressed the little black button on her watch. “Go!” she shouted, and we all rushed to our seats.

Everyone sat silently, staring at the classroom door. No one dared look away. Not even for a second.

Maxine kept track of the time. “Four minutes, forty-nine seconds,” she announced.

The whole class always chanted the last ten seconds out loud together: “Ten. Nine. Eight. Seven. Six. Five. Four. Three. Two. One.” The door swung open.

“I’m sorry I’m late,” Mr. Caruthers apologized as he entered the classroom. We waited patiently while Mr. Caruthers straightened his crumpled suit jacket. Retied his bow tie. Combed his hair. And finally, pushed up his glasses.

Every Monday, Mr. Caruthers was late. Every Monday, he was wrinkled and messy. But it didn’t matter to us, the third-grade kids in classroom 305. Monday was our favorite day of the week. And Mr. Caruthers was our favorite teacher.

“Abigail,” Jacob whispered, leaning over to me. “What do you think his question will be today?”

I shrugged and said softly, “I have no idea.”

Jacob turned to ask his brother Zack the same thing. Jacob and Zack were twins. They lived next door to me. And they were my table partners. Zack said he didn’t know either. A new kid named Roberto Rodriguez also sat at our table. But he didn’t talk much, so Jacob didn’t bother to ask him.

Mr. C finished straightening his clothes and leaned back on the edge of his desk. He was too cool to sit in a chair like other teachers.

“What if,” he began, and then paused. I sat up a little straighter. Every Monday, Mr. Caruthers asked us a new “what if” question. So far, my favorite questions were “What if Thomas Edison had quit and never invented the lightbulb?” and “What if Clara Barton had quit and never started the American Red Cross?”

I loved thinking up answers to Mr. C’s questions. And I couldn’t wait for this one.

Mr. C leaned back farther on his desk and finished his question. “What if Abraham Lincoln quit and never issued the Emancipation Proclamation?”

My hand shot up in the air. I didn’t even wait for him to call on me. “What’s the Emancipation Proclamation?” I blurted out. “Why’s it so important?”

“Be patient, Abigail,” Mr. Caruthers said slowly. “All your questions will be answered in good time.”

“But—,” I began. Mr. Caruthers looked at me over the top of his glasses. I put my hand down. It’s really hard to wait when you are as curious as I am.

“Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States,” Mr. Caruthers began. He told us that Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky in 1809. He was a lawyer. His wife’s name was Mary Todd. And in 1860 he was elected president.

I really wanted to raise my hand again. He hadn’t gotten to the Emancipation Proclamation part of the story yet. Struggling to keep quiet, I tucked my fingers under my legs and sat on them.

Mr. C continued telling Abraham Lincoln’s story. “When Abraham Lincoln became president, there were only thirty-four states, not fifty like we have today. There were twenty-three states in the North, and eleven states in the South.” --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Blast to the Past (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689042094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689870248
  • ASIN: 0689870248
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What if..." is the question that begins each Monday in Mr. Caruthers' third-grade class. Abigail and her friends love Mondays because they get to imagine what would have happened if famous figures in history hadn't done the important things they did. This particular Monday, Mr. Caruthers asks his class what would have happened if Abraham Lincoln had quit and not issued the Emancipation Proclamation. After class, Abigail and three of her friends discover that this is not a hypothetical question - Mr. Caruthers has been to the past, trying to convince President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, but he wouldn't listen. Mr. Caruthers shows the four students a device that looks like a large Game Boy along with a cartridge which will take them back in time to save history. They will only have two hours and they must succeed or the world as they know it will be changed forever.

When the children journey to the past, they see the world of 1862 and how different it was from their time. They meet several famous figures from history before finally meeting President Lincoln. When they cannot convince him that the North will win the war, they end up taking him "back to the future" so that he can see how important it is that he issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

Readers who like the "Magic Tree House" series will enjoy this series as well. It is apparent that the authors have spent time researching their subject and they spoon out the historical information in a painless and enjoyable fashion. The back of the book contains the text of The Emancipation Proclamation as well as more historical information which enhances the story. The next book in the series is called "Disney's Dream" with the question, "What if Walt Disney never..." For the question and the answer, you'll have to wait for Book 2 of this fun and educational series.
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Who would have thought to put those two together? Stacia Deutsch & Rhody Cohon, that's who! This is still my favorite book in the Blast to the Past series. (Although I'm looking forward to the next book about Bell!) Similar to The Magic Tree House, but in my opinion better. I appreciate the additional notes in the back including the texts from the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address. My local "testers," ages 8-10 thought these were fun books!
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A Kid's Review on December 9, 2004
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This book is wonderful!! It is educational,fun,and exciting. I couldn't put it down.I felt like I was in the story meeting Abraham Linclon. Some books about history can be boring but this book takes history and makes it fun. I have met Stacia Deutsch and she is as great as the book. Teachers, parents, and kids will love reading this book!!!!!!
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Finally, a fast-paced chapter book with real and engaging characters that help make history come alive. This book grabs you from the beginning as the children need to travel in time to help steer the course of history. As a teacher and children's librarian, I was thrilled to discover this new book series. The historical facts are woven into the story so seamlessly, that children's interest will be sparked and they won't even realize that they may have learned something. This book is the ideal choice for Black History Month, Presidents, American History and it is a true adventure. My own reluctant reader couldn't put it down! Highly recommended! We're looking forward to the next book, PLEASE keep writing!
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I am a third grader who loves to read. This was a great book because there is comedy, educational stuff, fiction, and previews of the next book. Stacia and Rhody have really thought up some great and entertaining stuff. There are things that I have never found in any other book, like time travel using a device like a game boy! This book would be the best for adventure readers, but I think everyone should read it because it's what all kids would like.
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This is a really fun book to read... especially if you like time travel stories. It takes you back on an adventure to the time of Lincoln. You discover that he had a very hard time in making decisions that would free the slaves. You see how the students meet the challenges to help President Lincoln.

It is fun and the characters are easy to like. A great book and I am looking forward to the next in the series.
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Title: Blast to the Past #1 Lincoln's Legacy
Authors: Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon
Illustrator: David Wenzel
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0 - 689870248

"What if Abraham Lincoln quit and never issued the Emancipation Proclamation?" Mr. Caruthers asked his third grade class in "Blast to the Past #1 Lincoln's Legacy," a children's book written by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon.

With one hundred and four pages, this paperback book is targeted toward ages seven to ten years old, has no profanity and no questionable or scary scenes. Illustrator David Wenzel provides a colorful drawing of Abraham Lincoln being restrained by four children on the front cover. The back cover has two paragraphs about the book and a drawing of Lincoln tipping his hat. Inside there are ten black and white drawings along with a photograph of the well-known painting by F.B. Carpenter. Also included at the end of the book are an explanation by the authors of fact verses fiction, President Lincoln's "Emancipation Proclamation" and "Gettysburg Address" and four sample pages of the next book in the series about Walt Disney.

The main object of this series is to ask young children what if a person in the past did not create, state, make or invent something that changed our lives today but quit instead. This book hones in on our President Abraham Lincoln's speech that freed Southern slaves during the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation.

Told in first person through Abigail, a curious third grader, she is asked by her teacher to stay after class, thinking it was because she was not paying attention.
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