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Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Left Behinds: Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the Union - President's Day Reading for Middle Schoolers

We all read a lot here at our home.  Most of the books that we read are for middle schoolers.  Yes, even I enjoy these books a lot.  I prefer them over adult books since there is no bad words and no adult content.  These are good clean books that all ages can enjoy not just kids and teens.

I just got done reading a great book that is perfect for your child to read for President's Day: The Left Behinds: Abe Lincoln and the Selfie That Saved the Union.  The book was filled with fun spun together with a bit of the history surrounding the Battle of Gettysburg.

If you have a Percy Jackson fan in the house, then the Left Behinds series will also be a hit.  In the second book of this series, we find ourselves once again caught up in a humorous time-travel adventure to Abe Lincoln’s White House and the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

Mel, Bev, and Brandon—the Left Behinds—are at it again. When the iTime app on their phones sends them to Washington, D.C., in 1863, they find themselves smack dab in the middle of the Civil War. They sit in on a séance with First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and are shown every inch of the White House by Tad, the youngest Lincoln. When they drop in on the president himself, Abe Lincoln, he is preoccupied with the fateful battle at Gettysburg, which is just under way.

The kids receive their marching orders—they must somehow travel to Gettysburg from D.C., make sure what’s supposed to happen does happen, save the Union, and be home in time for dinner.

No biggie. After all, it’s only the entire future of the country at stake.

This sequel to The iPhone That Saved George Washington includes an author’s note and information on Civil War reenactments and living history sites around the nation.  There is also extra reading suggestions to keep up with this history theme.  Plenty of books for us homeschoolers and parents who want to supplement the education of their children.

I really loved this book.  It was fun, it was witty, and gave me a little extra knowledge about Gettysburg that I didn't know about before.  Kirkus Reviews raves that “the narrative is pure fun, relying on the delicious notion that history is far from immutable and is in fact full of what-ifs. History made silly for readers who can't get into it straight.”

If you can't find this book at your local library yet, you can get Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the Union at Amazon.  It's available in hardcover, for Kindle, Audible, and Audio CD.

About the Author
David Potter developed a love for American history as a boy growing up near Morristown, New Jersey, where George Washington spent the winters of 1777 and 1779. He became interested in the Civil War era after attending reenactments, memorials, and celebrations at the Gettysburg National Military Park during the 150th anniversary in 2013. You can visit David online at, on Facebook, and on Twitter at @DPotterBooks.

Disclosure: I received a hardcover copy of The Left Behinds: Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the Union to facilitate this review.  No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

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