Did you know that Abraham Lincoln is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame? I was SHOCKED (and I'm the history nerd)! Steve Sheinkin is one of my favorite writers of history for young people, and he continues his ascent into the realms of The Magic Tree House series (which he even pays homage to!) with this hilariously written, fun little book that is also packed with historically accurate information, as well as dull jokes from Mr. Lincoln himself. Lincoln is on a quest to prove that history is not in fact boring, and Sheinkin does him justice with this book, a perfect introduction to the Great Emancipator for elementary age humans.— Carl
WARNING: DO NOT BELIEVE THE STORY YOU’RE ABOUT TO READ.
Well, you can believe some of it. There is some real history. But also hijinks. Time travel. And famous figures setting off on adventures that definitely never happened—till now. Time is getting twisted, and it’s up to two kids to straighten things out.
When Abraham Lincoln overhears a classroom of kids say “history is boring,” he decides to teach them a lesson. Lincoln escapes from 1860—to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler! Now siblings Doc and Abby have to convince Lincoln to go back to Springfield, Illinois, and accept the presidency . . . before everything spins out of control!
Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler is the first chapter book in the Time Twisters series from acclaimed author Steve Sheinkin. Also check out Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean!
This title has Common Core connections.
About the Author
Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of fast-paced, cinematic nonfiction histories for young readers. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights, was a National Book Award finalist and received the 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Nonfiction. The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery, won both the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and the YALSA award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon was a Newbery Honor Book, a National Book Award Finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award and YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War was a National Book Award finalist, a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award winner, and a Boston Globe/Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner. Sheinkin lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife and two children.
Neil Swaab is a New York City–based illustrator, designer, and author. His work has graced the covers and interiors of numerous books for children including the New York Times bestseller Big Fat Liar by James Patterson and Neil's own series, The Secrets to Ruling School. He has also animated for TV and enjoys teaching at Parsons School of Design.
“Mixing history, humor, and cartoon illustrations, Sheinkin’s new series for young readers blends the appeal of Scieszka’s Time Warp Trio, Osborne’s Magic Tree House, and Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.” —Booklist
“By the end, readers will have learned quite a bit of history along with the protagonists, without being bored at all [in this] silly story.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[A] lively Abraham Lincoln–themed romp . . . The truth about historical figures, Sheinkin suggests, is more interesting than the myths, and Lincoln’s story concludes with hints about the historical mix-ups that will figure into subsequent books.” —Publishers Weekly
“Black-and-white line drawings reinforce the silliness of the story, while the short chapters will keep reluctant readers hooked. A fun way to entice students to embrace what might seem, at first glance, like boring history.” —School Library Journal
“A historical home run!” —Dav Pilkey, bestselling author of Captain Underpants
“Imagine what the world would be like if Steve Sheinkin had decided to become a NASCAR driver instead of one of the finest history writers I know of. Or what if Neil Swaab chose to be a pastry chef instead of becoming one of the most clever cartoonists alive? Well, those guys might be happy, but it would be a very dull world indeed because we wouldn't have the terrific "Time Twisters" series for our reading pleasure. If you want to have fun while simultaneously learning some truly valuable lessons about history, then you absolutely MUST read these books.” —Nick Bruel, New York Times–bestselling author of the Bad Kitty series
“A dash of history. A scoop of fun. Give this book to hungry readers everywhere!” —Jennifer L. Holm, New York Times–bestselling author of The Fourteenth Goldfish, on Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean
“A model of research and documentation as well as of stylish writing that tells an always absorbing story.” —Booklist, starred review
“A gifted storyteller who never forgets the story in history. . . . Superb nonfiction that will entertain as it informs.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Easily the best study of the Vietnam War available for teen readers.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
The Port Chicago 50:
“Sheinkin delivers another meticulously researched WWII story.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This is edge-of-the-seat material.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
The Notorious Benedict Arnold:
“American history is brought to life in this engaging story of revolution and treason.” —School Library Journal, starred review