The Lincoln Project
The Lincoln Project

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Series: Flashback Four Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Miss Z, a mysterious billionaire and a collector of rare photographs, is sending her four recruits back in time on a mission to capture, for the first time, one of the most important moments in American history, Abraham Lincoln giving his famous Gettysburg address.
Catalog Number: #151445
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 224 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-237442-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99755-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-237442-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99755-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2015015557
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Gutman own for his Genius Files and Baseball Card Adventure series s a knack for concocting middle-grade hits, and this series starter should certainly follow suit. History, photography, cutting-edge technology, time travel, a savvy group of kids, and a uniquely appealing adult mastermind are the enticing ingredients that make up the Flashback Four (a catchy name bestowed on the quartet by one of the heroes). Luke, Isabel, Julia, and David all receive a mysterious invitation from a multimillionaire tech whiz (refreshingly female) who asks them to travel back in time to capture a special, unphotographed moment she is determined to put on film. First up is the moment Lincoln gives his Gettysburg Address. It won't be as easy as it might seem, though, as a number of glitches need to be imaginatively overcome. Meanwhile, readers will learn about Civil War battles, customs, and famous figures of the time period. A fun and fast read, illustrated with photos of the past that really do exist.
Horn Book
Four preteens are selected by an enterprising billionaire to travel backward in time to photograph Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address. Sent via a sophisticated time machine to 1863, they encounter a series of misadventures and return without the photo. The fast-paced, easy read includes archival photographs. However, imprecise interweaving of historical fact and fiction gives the reader a skewed account of the event. Author's note.
School Library Journal
Gr 35 Four modern-day Boston tweens each receive a mysterious yellow envelope promising them "a very special, once-in-a-lifetime experience": the chance to time travel to 1863 and photograph President Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address. Things don't go quite as smoothly as planned, however, and the four find themselves knee-deep in an adventure wilder than they could have imagined. Fiction featuring Abraham Lincoln will always grab readers, and this middle grade entry into the genre should be no different; the protagonists meet Honest Abe, his firecracker son Tad, and even the infamous John Wilkes Booth. Gutman offers solid middle grade historical fiction with a briskly moving, if at times slightly rushed, story that leaves readers ready for a sequel. Non-genre fans will enjoy both its silly sci-fi flourishes and the fish-out-water humor of having 21st-century tween protagonists navigate Gettysburg's stinky 19th-century streets. Add in Gutman's broad fan base, and this will be a high-demand title. In addition, Gutman does a commendable job of at least somewhat incorporating the issues of slavery and the equality of all people at the root of the Civil War into his story, and his inclusion of a black protagonist gives the narrative additional resonance. VERDICT A fine purchase for middle grade fiction collections that will entice a wide audience and circulate well. Ted McCoy, Springfield City Library, MA
Word Count: 38,348
Reading Level: 4.8
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.8 / points: 6.0 / quiz: 182028 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.3 / points:10.0 / quiz:Q70913
Lexile: 700L
Guided Reading Level: W
Fountas & Pinnell: W

“History can be hilarious, at least in the hands of author Dan Gutman.” Washington Post

In New York Times bestselling author Dan Gutman's all-new series, which blends fascinating real history with an action-packed and hilarious adventure, four very different kids are picked by a mysterious billionaire to travel through time and photograph some of history's most important events. This time, the four friends are headed to 1863 to catch Abraham Lincoln delivering his famous Gettysburg Address.

They'll have to work together to ask the right questions, meet the right people, and capture the right moment. And most important—not get caught! Back matter separating fact from fiction and real black-and-white photographs throughout make Flashback Four the perfect mix of true history and uproarious fun.

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