By Steve Sheinkin
Scholastic Press, 2013
Audience: All Teens
The action begins in October of 1875, as Secret Service agents raid the Fulton, Illinois, workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. Soon after Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his counterfeiting ring gather in the back room of a smoky Chicago saloon to discuss how to spring their ringleader. Their plan: grab Lincoln's body from its Springfield tomb, stash it in the sand dunes near Lake Michigan, and demand, as a ransom, the release of Ben Boyd --and $200,000 in cash. From here, the action alternates between the conspirators, the Secret Service agents on their trail, and the undercover agent moving back and forth between the two groups. Along the way readers get glimpses into the inner workings of counterfeiting, grave robbing, detective work, and the early days of the Secret Service. The plot moves toward a wild climax as robbers and lawmen converge at Lincoln's tomb on election night: November 7, 1876.
This book was so interesting! I really like history, so I remember a lot of what I learned in school. The best history books are those that read like a novel and expand on things you’ve already learned. This expands on Lincoln’s assassination. In school, they teach you all the details of what happened. This is about what happened afterwards. Why would anyone want to rob a grave? Counterfeiting and ransom, that’s why. The counterfeiting information was totally new to me, and incredibly interesting. There need to be more nonfiction books like this for teens!