Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words

(Peachtree, spring 2018)

Coming in spring 2018Peachtree Publishers. illustrated by S.D. Schindler

Preorder the book now through your local independent bookstore, searchable on Indibound.org or from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, You just might receive it well before the official April 1st release date.

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

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Stay tuned for the book trailer, curriculum guide, and character education guide!


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

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:

Read the cover reveal on Cynsations

How I found the story of Lincoln’s duel:

It always happens that, when I’m researching for one book, ideas for other books pop up. That’s what happened in 2012 when I came across a one-line mention of Abraham Lincoln’s duel. At first, my brain couldn’t register that our most revered, monumentalized American figure did something so controversial and dangerous. The research journey that followed revealed a great deal about the evolution of Lincoln’s character. He was a real, fallible, sometimes-naughty guy, just like the rest of us. How refreshing! Lincoln could have allowed his great big mistake to define him, but he chose instead to learn from them. Now that is something to admire, isn’t it? How lucky for our us that he survived his scrape with James Shields. Imagine what our country would be like if Abraham Lincoln had never been president!

Want to know more about the Lincoln-Shields Duel? In the months leading up to the book’s release, I will add new blog posts—linked from here— about the expanded story, including these topics:

******Click here to see the Select Sources and Quotation Sources for Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words.

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