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Sheinkin, Steve.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2012
IL 5-8, RL 6.6
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The year is 1875. Half of all money being circulated is fake. Counterfeiting is hitting the American economy hard. Something must be done, but what?
Help arrives in the form of the newly created Secret Service, and when master counterfeit engraver Benjamin Boyd is thrown in jail for his illegal activities, the government breathes a sigh of relief. But, the relief is short-lived as Boyd’s fellow cohorts aren’t going down without a fight. Instead of helping Boyd escape from jail, they’ll demand a ransom.  What is that ransom? The release of Benjamin Boyd from jail for the return of President Lincoln’s body!  That’s right – counterfeiters plan to snatch the body of Abraham Lincoln right from his tomb! Can they really do this? With a well-thought out, but wacky scheme in mind, they just might succeed. That is, if they can trust the men they hire to do the job.
This suspenseful, little known event in American history comes to a stunning climax election night in 1876. This brilliant work of non-fiction reads more like a fast-paced narrative that you will not want to put down.  
(South Carolina Junior Book Award nominee 2015,  Prepared by: Carmen Mangus, Pelion Middle School,

SUBJECTS:     Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Tomb.
                        Counterfeits and counterfeiting -- History.
                        Grave robbing -- History.
                        Body snatching -- History.

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