Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln

Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln


Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780399254710
  • 48 Pages
  • G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
  • 7-9 years


Michael and Derek don’t expect the adventure of a lifetime visiting a Civil War museum with their grandmother. But the mysterious museum keeper invites them to play a game, and before they know it, they’re walking through a door straight into a very realistic depiction of 1863. They see the destruction at the battlefield of Antietam, and even meet President Lincoln. Soon, they start to wonder if it’s really a game, after all-and suddenly they’re racing across Confederate-occupied land to return to their own time before it’s too late.

Patricia Polacco’s time-travel premise is fascinating- who knew that history museums could literally be doorways into the past? She makes history exciting for young readers, drawing them into a pivotal part of our nation’s development.


Praise for Just in Time, Abraham, Lincoln:
“Will take a strong grip on readers’ hearts and minds both.”
Kirkus Reviews
“A thoughtful tribute and addition to picture-book historical fiction.”
School Library Journal
“Fluid, emotion-charged images.”
Publishers Weekly

Awards for Patricia Polacco:
Patricia Polacco is the recipient of over 75 awards and honors including the California Children’s Book Award, Parents Choice Award, Jefferson Cup Award, New York Times Pick of the Year, and the New York State Association of Educators and Librarians Best Book of the Year for Pink and Say, which has also received numerous state awards. Her book January’s Sparrow was a CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, an IRA Teachers Choice, and a Michigan Notable Book. She was also honored with Author of the Year 2004 from the Michigan Reading Association and The Golden Kite Award for Chicken Sunday, as well as Michigan Reading Association Notable Book for An Orange for Frankie.
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