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Anna Belfrage from The Review:
It is still a surprise to me when I think about the events that led to discovering a soul-searing book called Searching for Lincoln’s Ghost written by Barbara J. Dzikowski. On one of my idle days, I browsed the world of internet to fill the void that was tearing the creative side of my mind which could only be filled by that One Book waiting for me to be read and pondered. When I came across Lincoln’s Ghost, I was stuck by the oddity of the name and also the gloomy picture of Lincoln on its cover. Since Lincoln remained as an intriguing figure in the pages of history while he was alive and even more so after his death, I decided to take a chance and read this book. Boy, am I glad I read it? I must say that this book is one of the most intellectually enlightening and heart-breakingly inspiring literary creation that I have read in a long time.
Searching For Lincolnʾs Ghost is the story of a young girl in the 1960s who is faced with adult social and philosophical issues that many grown-ups would have difficulty managing. It is her innocence and unrelenting drive to understand things that help her get through them.
The author does an exemplary job creating the characters. Written in first person from the perspective of the eleven-year-old protagonist, Andi, you will feel the depth of her thinking as she tries to find the answers to her "life after death" questions and understand what drives others to do what they do. The extraordinary relationships she has with her diverse classmates, her grandmom, and the unusually wise bait shop owner are expertly crafted, making them believable and heartwarming.
This was a book I couldnʾt put down. Filled with drama, albeit sometimes quite subtle, Dzikowski maintains a momentum with the storyline that will keep you turning the pages. It is a story that will stay with me a long time.
What an incredible book! I instantly fell in love with Andi, and her story may have struck me as more powerful because of it. Andi Powell is on a desperate search for proof of life after death. As her sixth grade year begins, nothing seems to go as planned. She is unexplainably transferred to a class without her best friend, and things just seem to go downhill from there. Andi has not, however.given up hope of being the next sixth grader to see Lincolns ghost, which supposedly haunts Abraham Lincoln Elementary and appears only to sixth graders. She believes this encounter will give her the proof she needs that her parents are not just dead, but that there is an afterlife. Instead of Lincoln, Andi meets Ezra, the young black bait shop owner. The lessons Ezra teaches throughout this book are as relevant today as they were in the mid 1960s. I would recommend this one to anyone who enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, or similar stories.
This was a great read that I really enjoyed due to the sensitive parallels between 1860's Lincoln and the 1960's subjects in the book. Character development was superb as we see the growth, vulnerability, anger, humiliation, kindness, and eventually the maturity of the numerous players that bring this story to light. Tremendously well written book!
Such an absolutely wonderful coming of age story set in a 1960's racist society. After Andi's parents die in an auto accident at a railroad crossing, she becomes obsessed with finding out if there is life after death, and when she begins the sixth grade at Lincoln Elementary school and learns of the Lincoln sightings, she is determined to seek him out and talk to him.....HOWEVER, this statement does NOT begin to define what this book is all about. Be prepared for an emotional ride!