Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words

(Peachtree, spring 2018)

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Jacket copy:

Long before he was our beloved president, Abraham Lincoln was known for his smarts and his knee-slapping humor. In 1842, that got him into a heap of trouble. When he clashed with James Shields, a political rival, Lincoln came up with a rascally plan.
          It was silly.
          It was clever.
          It was a great big mistake.
          Shields challenged Lincoln to a duel!
          Lincoln would need his wit and a healthy dose of humility to save his career—and even his life.
          A rare look at the more human side of Abraham Lincoln and how the lessons he learned made him a better man.

Blurb: “A rollicking story, well told with all the original color.”
      –James M. Cornelius, Ph.D., Curator, Lincoln Collection
        Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Stay tuned for the curriculum guide—complete with character education connections.

Reviews and Accolades:

“Bowman’s upbeat telling is infused with folksy humor, and Schindler’s superb watercolor-and-ink illustrations effectively capture the time period” —Kirkus Reviews

“Lively, engaging… Bowman’s conversational, folksy reader-directed paragraphs incorporate droll, dramatic, and suspenseful touches that will likely hold readers’ interest…Schindler’s intricate, expressive watercolor-and-ink illustrations lend further vibrancy.” —Booklist

“Bowman adds levity and appeal through the use of a Midwestern dialect, second-person point of view, and figurative language that readily evokes time and place. Schindler’s illustrations, done in watercolor and ink, are a perfect accompaniment to this moralistic story.”—School Library Journal    (lovely review, but let me correct that the dialect is southern, not midwestern, and there is direct address, not second-person pov.)

A Book and a Hug review excerpt: “This would make a great read-aloud around Presidents’ Day or any day when you are discussing reputation, getting along with others, honesty, American history, problem-solving or as a prequel to the American Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation.”

Interviews regarding Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling words:

Interview for Peachtree Publishers about the writing and research process for Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words.

Read the cover reveal on Cynsations

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Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words is featured on Publisher’s Spotlight showcase on Kidlit TV. See the video here.