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Percy Jackson fans and readers who have outgrown the Magic Tree House series will embrace this 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 thPercy Jackson fans and readers who have outgrown the Magic Tree House series will embrace this 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. Praise for The Left Behinds: The iPhone That Saved George Washington•  “This is Magic Tree House all grown up, and kids who once loved that time travel conceit will be delighted all over again.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books•  “A skillful blend of humor, history, mystery, and adventure makes for a fun, fast-paced tale that will leave readers a little wiser.” —School Library Journal•  “A new twist on time travel.” —Kirkus Reviews•  “Readers will charge through these super-short chapters like a Revolutionary soldier on the run.” —BookPage...

Title : Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the Union
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Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the Union Reviews

  • TJ Burns
    2019-04-02 01:56

    I read Abe Lincoln and the Selfie That Saved the Union by David Potter with my 9-year-old daughter and she bombarded me with questions throughout. This was her first introduction to the American Civil War, and while the book doesn’t go into the causes of the war, this book served as a brief introduction to the time (1863) and places (Washington City and Gettysburg). I ended up going way beyond the scope of the book in my discussions with my daughter – and it gave me a good opportunity for me to recite the Gettysburg Address, which I have had memorized since I was around my daughter’s age. Luckily, we don’t have to experience the blood and gore of that horrendous battle in this book, but we learn that it happened and some of the consequences (albeit in a very simplified description). The story itself is exciting, flows nicely, has lots of variety, action, and entertaining dialogue. The three main characters and their interactions, especially with each other, are amusing to follow. The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, I’m sorry to say, but we will definitely be reading the next installment of “The Left Behinds.” 4 Stars.I received a copy of this book from Random House Children's Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Nicole Hewitt
    2019-03-31 03:53

    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionWith Presidents’ Day being this week, it’s the perfect week to review this cute read that gives kids insight into President Lincoln and his family, along with a few other key players during the Civil War. I was excited to have my kids read this one to go along with our homeschool curriculum, and it didn’t disappoint.What Fed My Addiction:Goofy concept. The whole concept of the kids going back in time via an app on their phones was just plain fun! And, of course, when the people in the past were exposed to such futuristic technology, they didn’t know what to think. Lots of wackiness ensued!First families. I have to admit that when I first started reading this book, I thought, “Well this book makes Mrs. Lincoln seem kind of crazy, and it makes Tad Lincoln look a bit hyperactive.” I doubted how true to life this was, especially since I assumed that the children of the time would be encouraged to be seen and not heard. But before I made too many judgments, I decided to flip to the back of the book to read the author’s notes. Well, it turns out that Potter based his book on information written by people who knew the family well (make sure to read those author notes to see what he has to say about it himself!). I was a bit shocked to hear about this side of the first family that we rarely hear about – after all, Lincoln was such a great president that it’s easy to forget that he had a homelife and that it might not have been perfect. I found this fascinating and it sparked some really interesting conversation between my daughter and I!Perfect tone for MG. The book description says that this book is for kids who enjoyed Magic Treehouse books but have grown out of them, and I found that to be absolutely true. My daughter loved the MT books when she was younger and I loved that she was learning from them. These books definitely have an older feel to them, but the voice is distinctly middle grade (boy). There were lots of references to video games (Clash of Clans, anyone?) and technology, and the MC sounded a lot like my thirteen-year-old son. My daughter really enjoyed reading this one, and I’m guessing my son will too when I manage to have him read it.What Left Me Wanting More:More history? I would have personally liked a smattering more of the actual history. While there were definitely references to certain events in the final battle of the Civil War and we definitely got a solid impression of the Lincoln family and a few of the major military players, I would have loved to see a bit more about the whys and hows of the Civil War itself. Of course, my kids would probably disagree with me and think that more history would make it boring, but I still would have loved to see it.This book would make a fun companion to any Civil War unit, but kids will appreciate it just for the entertainment value. We’ll definitely be picking up the first book (about George Washington) as well. This book did have some references to things that had happened in book one, but we didn’t feel too confused by jumping in on the second book. Still, you might want to pick up both! I give this book 4/5 stars.***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

  • Katlynn Parsons
    2019-04-07 06:54

    I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.Honestly, I didn't really enjoy the book. I will say that despite my not liking it, I do think that it is a great addition to middle grade historical fiction. Those who read The Magic Treehouse series will see many parallels, with the added modern technology twist.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-21 02:05

    We listened to this during a car ride as a family, kids ages 8 and 11. They both thought it was boring. My husband and I enjoyed it for the most part but it is a little slow. We enjoyed the historical parts of the book though and there was some humor to it (not much, but some). All in all, I would say it's an okay read so I should probably give it a 2 star rating but I liked it enough to give it 3, so that's what I'm going with :)

  • Alesia
    2019-03-19 07:53

    what an awesome interesting look at history from a very different perspective

  • Elisheva Rina
    2019-04-11 06:48

    3.5 stars. Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review.First of all, I would recommend reading the first book, The Left Behinds: The iPhone that Saved George Washington, before you read this one. I could have done with more elaboration on the background of the mysterious app which sends three kids back in time, their relationship, their home lives, and their previous adventure .I got the gist of the previous book, though: Three kids, who are not exactly friends, are thrown together when they discover an app on their phones which sends them back in time, where they meet G. Washington and have an adventure. Bev is sharp-tongued and impatient, Brandon is laid-back, and Mel, the narrator, is just your average guy (which is reflected in the very casual narration style). This is their second time-travel adventure in one day--part of holiday break, which they are spending at their boarding school since their parents are not so involved in their upbringing.The strange and slightly sinister professor who invented the app demands that they give their phones to him. Instead, the threesome escape back into the past, where they find themselves in 1863, meeting Abe Lincoln and his family. Texts from their teacher (though they shouldn't have reception--anyone with any basic knowledge of phones should realize that) inform them that the bad guy from the last adventure is out to change history again and he's nearby. Dramatic gasp! It's the year of the Civil War--can the kids save history as we know it???Some things I liked: 1. The readability of the book--quick and fun. Good for as young as eight years old. 2. The historical content. I learned new things, and it wasn't like a textbook. 3. The realism of the reaction of modern kids to the strangeness and inconvenience of the olden days (no toilets, etc.), although there should have been a little more. 4. The cliffhanger at the end. Makes me want to know what happens next (as it should).Some things I didn't like: 1. Mel's bland personality. Like white rice. 2. The bad guy has no motive--ok, so he wants to show that he can change time. Whoopee. Maybe his motive should have been taking over the whole world, throughout all of time? That's much better and I thought of it just now. 3. Mel's meaningless attraction to Bev. Why?? 4. How everyone is so prejudiced towards Bev since she is female, but she doesn't seem to step up to the plate in any way to prove them wrong. She's just a grump about it.

  • Sandra Stiles
    2019-03-30 00:04

    Want a fun way to teach some history? This is the book you must read. Imagine three kids traveling back in time through a phone app. That is what happens to Mel, Brandon and Bev. There is a first book to this series. I will need to read it and add it to my shelves. Don’t let me misguide you with my first statement. This is one of those fun books with just enough history to make kids the inquirers we want them to be. An added bonus is the author notes at the end of the book that five you so much more information. I know my middle school students will love this one because it has history and technology. What a great mix. These three children are left behind at their boarding school and use the app one of their professors invented to escape back in time. They must stop history from being changed. This is such a fun premise. Yes I am a lover of time travel books and a lover of history. What could be better? The only thing that could be better would be reading the first book, and then the next book in this series.I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

  • Dana
    2019-03-19 07:05

    This is the second book in a cute series in which 3 students who had to stay at their boarding school over the holidays (thus being left behind), somehow received a time travel app on their phones (that part is probably explained in the first book), and travel through time trying to keep the bad guy (who invented the app but now wants to change history) from changing history. In this story they go to DC and try to stop the bad guy from changing the outcome of the battle of Gettysburg. Twelve year old Brandon tells the story of his adventures with his two classmates, Bev and Brandon. The story is meant to be funny and to share historical facts. I think it would appeal to children in grades 3 through 5. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

  • paula
    2019-03-30 07:03

    Gr 4-6 -- The Battle of Gettysburg was a dreadful day in U.S. history, but how much more dreadful would the Civil War have been if the Confederacy had won that battle? That’s what Mel and his time-traveling classmates Bev and Brandon DON’T want to find out when they find themselves in the White House on July 2, 1863. President Lincoln is in despair over a lack of intel, the generals are grumbling, and the kids are pretty sure the nefarious Things Go Wrong company is plotting to change history. As in the first book in this series, The iPhone that Saved George Washington, interesting depictions of historical figures and realistic relationships between the kids - who are not really friends - give this time travel romp additional authority. —Paula Willey

  • Kelly
    2019-04-13 04:54

    This was so cute. This the second book in the series so far and I can't wait to read the first one.The premise are three kids left behind at school during vacation that time travel via their iPhones and help save the past. This installment takes them to meet President Lincoln and family and the battle of Gettysburg.To further extend the fun/learning at the end of the book the author lists bibliographies for further fiction and nonfiction reading, websites to visit, and historical places and museums to visit.I think this would appeal to both middle school boys and girls that have an interest in history.

  • Sherry Philippus
    2019-04-13 06:41

    Quick, fun read that skillfully blends sci-fi time travel with a historical setting. Kids will be entertained and absorb some American history at the same time. Wonderful series for graduates of Magic Tree House - I recommend for any school library!

  • Mason Lynn
    2019-04-13 07:56

    In all honesty I did not like this book, but that's not surprising since I'm not a big fan of reading things in big portions. I feel like there was no flow through out the whole book and most of it didn't make sense, like they were trying to rush the whole book and they had to much to rush.

  • Morgan
    2019-03-24 01:59

    Contains Gettysburg and Lincoln family info. Great for 5th grade!

  • Lupita
    2019-04-04 05:59

    Juvenile - Grade 4-6, Age 9-11 Funny Historical, Civil War period book.

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  • Christie Scott
    2019-04-03 05:02

    Fair time travel story. Good for 3-4th graders.