The Lincoln Project by Dan Gutman
The Flashback Four #1
February 23, 2016 – Harpercollins
240 Pages – Middle Grade, Fiction, Fantasy, Time Traveling. Historical
Purpose: Review, Edelweiss
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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 make Flashback Four the perfect mix of true history and uproarious fun.
My Thoughts: This was a pretty quick read. While a middle grade novel about time travel is not completely original, Gutmand makes it his own. Luke, Julia, David and Isabel are approached by a stranger and is given 4 $5 bills and an invitation. This leads them to a meeting with Chris Zandergoth and presented with an opportunity for an adventure of a lifetimes. They accept and travel back to November 18,1863. They are given the task of getting a picture of Abraham Lincoln giving the Gettysburg Address. Gutman keeps the reader engaged by allowing for the unplanned to happen. Despite every attempt to not to, the Flashback Four finds themselves in a situation that they may not be able to get out of. They quickly realize that they are in over their heads and that they may be stuck in 1863 forever. Really, the only downside is that the story ends on a cliffhanger. It was nice to go back in history and see it as if it was the present. This is a book that I would recommend to upper elementary/lower middle school, to teachers who wants a fun way to introduce this part of history to their students, and to kids who enjoy or are interested in history and time travel.
3 stars ***