Henry Holt and Co. / Macmillan
March 16, 2010 / ISBN 0805090134
Children Fiction / Ages 9-12
by Willie Elliott
author Gayle Brandeis captures the humor and determination of twelve-year-old
Mina Edelman in her novel for young readers My Life with the Lincolns.
Mina is convinced that she and her family are the Lincolns reincarnated.
Based on history she has two major tasks: protect her father from
assassination and her mother from insanity--not to mention saving
her own life since she is the incarnate (or so she believes) of
between the two families is based on far-fetched reasoning. For
example the father's name is Albert Branch Edelman, and at age six
she sees the initials ABE and she is of looking for other hints,
all of which are very tenuous and very funny. Mina’s report
on Abraham Lincoln is a masterpiece in humor and one teachers would
love to see come across their desks.
does not make life any easier (although a lot funnier) when he quits
his business and joins the peace movement. These meetings provide
many examples of humor although it was not so funny for Mina at
the novel is targeted for young readers (9-12), it would be a quick
and entertaining read for adults, and it offers some insight to
the civil rights movement.