I am on a mission right now to try to finish a book every day or two. I finished this book Saturday and another book today!
Title: Chasing Lincoln's Killer
Author: James Swanson
Genre: Young Adult Non-fiction/Non-fiction written in more story form
Rating: 5 out of 5
Why Did I Read? The 8th grade students are reading this at our school this year. While I'm teaching 7th grade English, I am teaching 8th grade US History and I will have 8th graders in my ESL class so I wanted to make sure that I read it before the school year.
Summary: John Wilkes Booth is frustrated with the end of the Civil War. He has been wanting to take Lincoln out of the equation. Now, the war is over and he really needs to stop Lincoln. He finds out that the Lincoln family will be attending a play at the Ford's Theatre. As an actor, he knows the theatre very well and feels that this is his opportunity to kill the president. He gathers his fellow conspirators to also assassinate the vice president and the secretary of state. The next twelve days starts off a huge manhunt for the man that just killed the president.
What Did I Love: It was very well-written. It was very readable and I miss being able to read a book that fast--it only took a couple of hours. I appreciate learning a lot about that night in a really fun easy way.
It is a great book for teachers to use! With really needing students to read higher level things and read non-fiction that they can really connect to--this book really fits the bill!
What Did I Hate: It was only from the John Wilkes Booth perspective. I really liked thinking about how it would fit in with some facts about the other conspirators--like how Mary Surrat was the first women hung by the federal government. If you're interested--watch The Conspirators on Netflix.