When I was a kid, I thought my dad was Abraham Lincoln reincarnated. My character Mina thinks the same thing about her dad in MY LIFE WITH THE LINCOLNS, but she also thinks her whole family used to be the Lincoln family and it's her job to save them from their fate. I set the story in my hometown, Chicago, in 1966, when Martin Luther King, Jr. came to the city to lead marches for fair housing. Twelve year old Minawho author Julianna Baggott calls a "brilliant, courageous, funny, young heroine"and her dad end up getting deeply involved in the civil rights movement, with consequences for the entire family.
It's always been important to me, like Mina, to try to make the world a better place. What changes would you like to make in your own world? Tell me, in one paragraph or less, at firstname.lastname@example.org (put "Lincoln Contest" in the subject line) and you could win one of five copies of MY LIFE WITH THE LINCOLNS. I look forward to reading your ideas!
All the very best,
My Life with the Lincolns / Gayle Brandeis / Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 0805090134 / Published: March, 2010
Ages 10 and up / Middle-grade Novel