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Andi Powell thinks about death far too often for an eleven-year-old girl. After losing both parents in a car accident and being raised by a grandmother obsessed with death, Andi is struggling with an unusual quest for a girl her age-- to determine whether there is life after death. It is 1966, and Castalia, Indiana, like most cities of that time, is grappling with social an Andi Powell thinks about death far too often for an eleven-year-old girl. After losing both parents in a car accident and being raised by a grandmother obsessed with death, Andi is struggling with an unusual quest for a girl her age-- to determine whether there is life after death. It is 1966, and Castalia, Indiana, like most cities of that time, is grappling with social and cultural change. Meanwhile, rumors have long swirled around Castalia's Lincoln Elementary School. Over its long history, the school has produced two sixth graders who claim to have seen Lincoln's ghost in the school's auditorium. When Andi prays on her dead mother's rosary to be the next to encounter Lincoln's ghost in order to confirm the existence of an after-life, a complex chain of events is set into motion, including the appearance of John Malone, a new boy at school who harbors an explosive secret, and mysterious moaning emanating from behind the dark stage after school. While Andi desperately seeks answers to life's most difficult questions, an unlikely new friend emerges--a mystical bait shop owner named Ezra. Searching for Lincoln's Ghost is a story about coming-of-age during the tumultuous 1960s, exploring such disturbing topics as personal isolation, fear and depression, bullying, social and racial intolerance. Peppered with Lincoln folklore and history, it is a timeless tale of the power of love, empathy, and how the actions of one person can profoundly impact another.


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Andi Powell thinks about death far too often for an eleven-year-old girl. After losing both parents in a car accident and being raised by a grandmother obsessed with death, Andi is struggling with an unusual quest for a girl her age-- to determine whether there is life after death. It is 1966, and Castalia, Indiana, like most cities of that time, is grappling with social an Andi Powell thinks about death far too often for an eleven-year-old girl. After losing both parents in a car accident and being raised by a grandmother obsessed with death, Andi is struggling with an unusual quest for a girl her age-- to determine whether there is life after death. It is 1966, and Castalia, Indiana, like most cities of that time, is grappling with social and cultural change. Meanwhile, rumors have long swirled around Castalia's Lincoln Elementary School. Over its long history, the school has produced two sixth graders who claim to have seen Lincoln's ghost in the school's auditorium. When Andi prays on her dead mother's rosary to be the next to encounter Lincoln's ghost in order to confirm the existence of an after-life, a complex chain of events is set into motion, including the appearance of John Malone, a new boy at school who harbors an explosive secret, and mysterious moaning emanating from behind the dark stage after school. While Andi desperately seeks answers to life's most difficult questions, an unlikely new friend emerges--a mystical bait shop owner named Ezra. Searching for Lincoln's Ghost is a story about coming-of-age during the tumultuous 1960s, exploring such disturbing topics as personal isolation, fear and depression, bullying, social and racial intolerance. Peppered with Lincoln folklore and history, it is a timeless tale of the power of love, empathy, and how the actions of one person can profoundly impact another.

30 review for Searching for Lincoln's Ghost

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vinma

    “Life is Seeds”- Ezra in Searching for Lincoln’s Ghost It is still a surprise to me when I think about the events that led to discovering a soul-searing book called Searching for Lincoln’s Ghost written by Barbara J. Dzikowski. On one of my idle days, I browsed the world of internet to fill the void that was tearing the creative side of my mind which could only be filled by that One Book waiting for me to be read and pondered. When I came across Lincoln’s Ghost, I was stuck by the oddity of the “Life is Seeds”- Ezra in Searching for Lincoln’s Ghost It is still a surprise to me when I think about the events that led to discovering a soul-searing book called Searching for Lincoln’s Ghost written by Barbara J. Dzikowski. On one of my idle days, I browsed the world of internet to fill the void that was tearing the creative side of my mind which could only be filled by that One Book waiting for me to be read and pondered. When I came across Lincoln’s Ghost, I was stuck by the oddity of the name and also the gloomy picture of Lincoln on its cover. Since Lincoln remained as an intriguing figure in the pages of history while he was alive and even more so after his death, I decided to take a chance and read this book. Boy, am I glad I read it? I must say that this book is one of the most intellectually enlightening and heart-breakingly inspiring literary creation that I have read in a long time. A bit about the Author: Barbara J. Dzikowski Searching for Lincoln’s Ghost is Barbara J. Dzikowski’s first ever novel. Her studies in Philosophy and Counseling in University fueled Barbara’s desire to create a fiction which closely analyses the matters of the human heart and its drive in searching for love and the meanings it bears to one’s life. Barbara’s attention to details comes alive when she weaves the tale of a little girl in a small town of Castalia, Indiana and the society wherein her vibrant spirits are trapped due to its brutal tolerance to racism and segregation. Barbara is currently working on her second novel which runs along the lines of more history and borders on two families fighting with changes and uncertainties of 1960’s with a special focus on the cataclysmic year of 1968. Searching for Lincoln’s Ghost- A Momless Mom’s Review The story is narrated from the perspective of a sixth-grader little girl named Andrea Powell. Her parents are dead and Andi lives with her Grand Mom. Andi’s story stretches out in front of the reader as a flash back that starts from the time she was a woman of fifty and from the time she reads the obituary news of the first boy she ever loved on her days in grade six, John Malone. John’s death touches Andi’s heart deeply and her memories take her back to 1966-67 where she meets John for the first time and fall in love. She was only eleven then. Andi’s school was named after Abraham Lincoln and it is believed at the time that Lincoln’s ghost haunted the school and he make it a point to appear to sixth graders on several occasions. In 1966, Andi starts the most senior grade at the Lincoln School and is excited about the prospect- not because she is now a senior, a sixth grader but because she now has a chance to meet Lincoln’s ghost to whom she could finally ask some questions which is tearing her apart for ages- Is there Life after Death? What happens after one die? Yes, these are not normal questions that a sixth grader would ask. Andi thinks about death more often for an eleven year old. After her parent’s death in a car-accident, Grand Mom took Andi under her wings. Grand Mom’s obsession with death fueled Andi’s quest and determination in finding out about the possibilities of life after death. Lincoln School over the years has produced two sixth graders who claimed to have seen Lincoln’s ghost on occasions. And this year, Andi fervently hope that she will be blessed with a chance to see Lincoln. While she waits for this meeting to happen, John Malone, a new boy at school starts messing with Andi’s head and she is ever curious to find out the dark secret John Malone is harboring in his every waking moment. Racism and segregation is in full swing in this era and there are invisible forbidden lines and boundaries to walk on with caution. Characters of Bertha Riggs, Keely and Bernard personalize various aspects of isolation, fear and depression, bullying and racial intolerance. On Andi’s continuous efforts to get a glimpse of Lincoln’s ghost to question him upon the possibilities of Life after Death, she stumbles on an unlikely friend- a bait shop-owner named Ezra. Life was never the same for her after. It is Ezra who taught her that nothing is born from nothing. “Every story has a seed of a beginning, usually something so small and unremarkable that the chain of events being birthed into a motion cannot be discerned until long after the story has taken shape and form”.-Chapter 1, Searching for Lincoln’s Ghost Ezra is also the one (Apart from Abraham Lincoln) who has given Andi reasons to believe that there is indeed life after death and that the life goes on uninterrupted after the body dies and the soul leaves from its physical form. Ezra answers all her questions patiently and each day Andi’s belief and faith in this is reinforced through Ezra’s thought provoking words. “In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond. And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow, your heart dreams of spring. Trust the dreams, little girl, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity” But did the era in which Andi lived set the stage for her coming-of-age as one would have imagined? Did this little girl finally found the answers that she was looking for which helped her to align her perspectives on life- for the better or worse? Did Andi win over the heart of John Malone eventually or he broke her heart? Did the Author while indulging in the mystical folklore of Lincoln’s ghost, succeeded in relating an everlasting tale of the power of love and survival? How is it possible that the actions of one can profoundly affect the actions of another? You would be able to find the answers to these questions after reading Searching for Lincoln’s Ghost My Rating, you ask? A Book Worth Reading

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This book came to me simply enough, in an envelope. It is paperback, and I make it a habit not to read too much into cover art but this cover got me. I don't read other people's reviews before I read a book, I don't want their thoughts swirling around as I read. It tends to muddle things. If you haven't read the book, don't read this review. Not because it contains spoilers; in fact it doesn't. Because you want to form your own opinion. To heck with what I say. Now that you have read the book, I This book came to me simply enough, in an envelope. It is paperback, and I make it a habit not to read too much into cover art but this cover got me. I don't read other people's reviews before I read a book, I don't want their thoughts swirling around as I read. It tends to muddle things. If you haven't read the book, don't read this review. Not because it contains spoilers; in fact it doesn't. Because you want to form your own opinion. To heck with what I say. Now that you have read the book, I will tell you what I think. I loved it. The writing was simple and elegant, the imagery used was fantastic and provoked the re-reading of a passage so I could fully experience what was being described. The writer would give you enough detail to imagine without spending pages describing a button on a coat. I appreciated this, since so many writers are going to extremes to make us understand the clothing/ music/ setting of a story. Let's try to leave a little up to my imagination, shall we? The plot was well thought out and kept me reading. I hoped, I prayed and then I was vindicated. For a first book (I won't exactly call it a novel), this book is well done. I have seen worse work coming from seasoned writers. I actually am looking forward to reading more from Dzikowski, which is rare for me. Normally one book is enough to turn me off. The only criticism I have is the editor. Basic grammar and use of punctuation should be adhered to no matter now novice the author. This is the job of the editor and copy editor. Poor punctuation doesn't reflect on the author, it reflects on the publishing house for not taking their time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Such an absolutely wonderful coming of age story set in a 1960's racist society. After Andi's parents die in an auto accident at a railroad crossing, she becomes obsessed with finding out if there is life after death, and when she begins the sixth grade at Lincoln Elementary school and learns of the Lincoln sightings, she is determined to seek him out and talk to him.....HOWEVER, this statement does NOT begin to define what this book is all about. Be prepared for an emotional ride! Such an absolutely wonderful coming of age story set in a 1960's racist society. After Andi's parents die in an auto accident at a railroad crossing, she becomes obsessed with finding out if there is life after death, and when she begins the sixth grade at Lincoln Elementary school and learns of the Lincoln sightings, she is determined to seek him out and talk to him.....HOWEVER, this statement does NOT begin to define what this book is all about. Be prepared for an emotional ride!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marise Ghorayeb

    Rating: 4.5 Stars “Searching for Lincolns Ghost” manages to be one of the few books that simultaneously contains sufficient literary complexity that my former English teachers would have loved to make it assigned reading, and also manages to remain entertaining enough that I enjoyed reading it. Barbara Dzikowski does a wonderful job of using literary techniques like foreshadowing and thematic patterning to bring across several poignant messages within the narrative. I’ve noticed that with less s Rating: 4.5 Stars “Searching for Lincolns Ghost” manages to be one of the few books that simultaneously contains sufficient literary complexity that my former English teachers would have loved to make it assigned reading, and also manages to remain entertaining enough that I enjoyed reading it. Barbara Dzikowski does a wonderful job of using literary techniques like foreshadowing and thematic patterning to bring across several poignant messages within the narrative. I’ve noticed that with less skilled authors, the message in a book often sticks out like a sore thumb, but not here. Rather, these techniques help blend the messages into an engaging and well developed plot such that they add flavor to the book without smacking the reader in the face. For this, the author should be highly commended. As for the plot itself, it was quite engaging and there were several times when I had trouble putting the book down and negotiated with myself to read one more chapter before turning away to other responsibilities. I even found most of the history about President Lincoln interesting, which is saying something given that history was the bane of my existence back in my school days. It should be noted that this book takes place in the 1960s and not in the 1860s as I first suspected from the title. There were few negatives in this book, but I would be amiss if I did not mention the couple things that I didn’t like. One was a mention of how the words ‘white’ and ‘black’ do not adequately describe individuals as our skins tend across a wide spectrum of colors. While I have nothing against the message itself, it did come off as a touch cliché to me and I am very sensitive to anything that even borderlines cliché in any book or movie. The other element I didn’t like was that the climax of the book seemed somewhat misplaced. At one point later in the book, the protagonist is eavesdropping on a very emotional and revealing conversation. This was my favorite chapter in the book and I expected that the story would continue to build from there. Instead, the protagonist never really finds out the details of how that situation is handled and the books intensity slowly begins to dwindle off from there. On an intellectual level, I understand why the author choose not to reveal more about that situation as it would have derailed the purpose of this book and muddied the message. However, on an emotional level, I missed learning more about that subplot. I am grateful to Barbara for providing me with a free copy of “Searching for Lincolns Ghost” in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Florence Osmund

    "Searching For Lincolnʾs Ghost" is the story of a young girl in the 1960s who is faced with adult social and philosophical issues that many grown-ups would have difficulty managing. It is her innocence and unrelenting drive to understand things that help her get through them. The author does an exemplary job creating the characters. Written in first person from the perspective of the eleven-year-old protagonist, Andi, you will feel the depth of her thinking as she tries to find the answers to her "Searching For Lincolnʾs Ghost" is the story of a young girl in the 1960s who is faced with adult social and philosophical issues that many grown-ups would have difficulty managing. It is her innocence and unrelenting drive to understand things that help her get through them. The author does an exemplary job creating the characters. Written in first person from the perspective of the eleven-year-old protagonist, Andi, you will feel the depth of her thinking as she tries to find the answers to her "life after death" questions and understand what drives others to do what they do. The extraordinary relationships she has with her diverse classmates, her grandmom, and the unusually wise bait shop owner are expertly crafted, making them believable and heartwarming. This was a book I couldnʾt put down. Filled with drama, albeit sometimes quite subtle, Dzikowski maintains a momentum with the storyline that will keep you turning the pages. It is a story that will stay with me a long time.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    This story was OK, I did not love it, nor did I hate it. The storyline was good enough that I kept reading. I do have many criticisms. My first is that this is set in the 1960's. The author could have done so much more with the events that are noted in the 1960's. The Vietnam War and Kennedy's assassination were a mere sentence. The author took every hot topics from today and put them into a 1960's timeline. In this story you find, racial tension, homosexuality issues and the Catholic Church sca This story was OK, I did not love it, nor did I hate it. The storyline was good enough that I kept reading. I do have many criticisms. My first is that this is set in the 1960's. The author could have done so much more with the events that are noted in the 1960's. The Vietnam War and Kennedy's assassination were a mere sentence. The author took every hot topics from today and put them into a 1960's timeline. In this story you find, racial tension, homosexuality issues and the Catholic Church scandal, priests molesting boys. I have always liked legends in books. Lincoln's ghost was supposed to be haunting a middle school in Indiana. Some of the 6th grade class said he hung out behind the school auditorium. They could hear the moans. His ghost even saved people when the school had a 4 alarm fire in the 1930's. There are a few facts about Lincoln in the book, although most of those facts center on the paranormal. I would love to take a field trip to Springfield and see his home and burial grounds. After you find out what the moans truly are, the story kind of goes flat, like a soda that loses it's fizz. I really wondered why Lincoln's ghost would be hanging around a small middle school in Indiana. It was a good coming of age story. Some of the topics in this book might be shocking to some. The homosexuality part shocked me. There is a detailed description of a priest molesting boys. I was really disappointed, not what I was expecting. I would not recommend this, especially if you are sensitive to hot button issues.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ccraig

    I received Searching for Lincoln's Ghost as a Goodreads Giveaway, and was excited to get started on it when it arrived. It is a wonderful "coming-of-age" story set in the 1960s. The book begins in present-day Indiana with the adult main character, Andi Powell, attending the funeral of her first adolescent love, John Malone. At the funeral she reflects on her sixth grade year (1966), when she first met John. The title of the book refers to sightings of Abraham Lincoln's ghost by previous sixth gr I received Searching for Lincoln's Ghost as a Goodreads Giveaway, and was excited to get started on it when it arrived. It is a wonderful "coming-of-age" story set in the 1960s. The book begins in present-day Indiana with the adult main character, Andi Powell, attending the funeral of her first adolescent love, John Malone. At the funeral she reflects on her sixth grade year (1966), when she first met John. The title of the book refers to sightings of Abraham Lincoln's ghost by previous sixth graders at Andi's elementary school, which just so happens to be Lincoln Elementary School. Andi dreams of being one of the lucky sixth graders who sights Lincoln's ghost. In fact, she prays nightly to not only see Lincoln’s ghost, but to talk to him, as well. She wants to ask him if there really is life after death. In her quest to find Lincoln’s ghost, she is aided by the new boy, John Malone. Along the way she meets, becomes friends with, and confides in Ezra, the owner of the bait shop where the Black kids go to buy candy after school. Andi is White, so this presents its own set of unusual happenings and circumstances. Ezra seems to know the answers to all of life’s (and Andi’s) problems, and his wise counsel helps her through a very difficult school year. The book explores such topics as racial and sexual prejudices, bullying, religious intimidation, molestation, and depression. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    What an incredible book! I instantly fell in love with Andi, and her story may jave struck me as more powerful because of it. Andi Powell is on a desperate search for proof of life after death. As her sixth grade year begins, nothing seems to go as planned. She is unexplainably transferred to a class without her best friend, and things just seem to go downhill from there. Andi has not, however.given up hope of being the next sixth grader to see Lincolns ghost, which supposedly haunts Abraham Lin What an incredible book! I instantly fell in love with Andi, and her story may jave struck me as more powerful because of it. Andi Powell is on a desperate search for proof of life after death. As her sixth grade year begins, nothing seems to go as planned. She is unexplainably transferred to a class without her best friend, and things just seem to go downhill from there. Andi has not, however.given up hope of being the next sixth grader to see Lincolns ghost, which supposedly haunts Abraham Lincoln Elementary and appears only to sixth graders. She believes this encounter will give her the proof she needs that her parents are not just dead, but that there is an afterlife. Instead of Lincoln, Andi meets Ezra, the young black bait shop owner. The lessons Ezra teaches throughout this book are as relevent today as they were in the mid 1960s. I would recommend this one to anyone who enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, or similar stories.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Larry

    OK I won this book from goodreads and when I told some of my friends about it they asked why I even entered as it did not appear to be that good of a book..I kind of agreed thinking I may have made a mistake. I did not make a mistake this book does not need pity stars because I won it or anything like that. It was a very easy read (As most YA books are)but Barbara brought my youth back to life for me as she wrote about 1966 in a way I remember that time and in a way that anyone familar with the OK I won this book from goodreads and when I told some of my friends about it they asked why I even entered as it did not appear to be that good of a book..I kind of agreed thinking I may have made a mistake. I did not make a mistake this book does not need pity stars because I won it or anything like that. It was a very easy read (As most YA books are)but Barbara brought my youth back to life for me as she wrote about 1966 in a way I remember that time and in a way that anyone familar with the issues of that era would have to say oh yeah I remember that. Great book Barbara I will eagerly await your next book that you mention at the end of this one...I love Goodreads and am so glad my daughter turned me onto it last year because of Goodreads I now have 2 new favorite authors Barbara J. Dzikowski and Thrity Umrigar..

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jami

    This is one of those books that I didn't realize how much I enjoyed it until the very end and I could reflect back on the entire story. It was quite moving at the end. I love the references to the 60s school days, such as the fresh smell of mimeographs (dittoes). Nobody who was in school during that time ever forgets that smell; as adults, when I mention that to anyone, they all remember that fondly!!!! Ezra is a great character; I enjoy his philosophy on life, his devotion to his dog, Seth, and This is one of those books that I didn't realize how much I enjoyed it until the very end and I could reflect back on the entire story. It was quite moving at the end. I love the references to the 60s school days, such as the fresh smell of mimeographs (dittoes). Nobody who was in school during that time ever forgets that smell; as adults, when I mention that to anyone, they all remember that fondly!!!! Ezra is a great character; I enjoy his philosophy on life, his devotion to his dog, Seth, and his monthly revelations of why he believes that there is life after death. The writing is well-done and is an interesting portrayal of one girl's sixth grade year and the effects it had upon her life.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rita

    Wow so many emotions, so many social topics and issues. I thought this book was going one way, didn't see this happening....and then that happening.....AND THEN THAT HAPPENING. A part of me was mad at a pivotal point. Then it softened. Then I started to understand. I reread the synopsis of the book. Love this writer, will read her other books. Wow so many emotions, so many social topics and issues. I thought this book was going one way, didn't see this happening....and then that happening.....AND THEN THAT HAPPENING. A part of me was mad at a pivotal point. Then it softened. Then I started to understand. I reread the synopsis of the book. Love this writer, will read her other books.

  12. 4 out of 5

    S Guthrie

    Loved this book. Fell in love with Ezra and wanted to keep Andi and John under my wings. Very moving...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I won this from Goodreads as a Kindle Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. It also happens to hit the criteria of "a book with fewer than 1000 reviews on Goodreads" category for the 2021 PopSugar Challenge. After finishing this and looking at the reviews, either I was in the wrong headspace to get it's "wonderfulness" or I'm just not on board with it. I was intrigued by the title and the description of the book, but they don't match up. Maybe if it was titled something else like 'Life Afte I won this from Goodreads as a Kindle Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. It also happens to hit the criteria of "a book with fewer than 1000 reviews on Goodreads" category for the 2021 PopSugar Challenge. After finishing this and looking at the reviews, either I was in the wrong headspace to get it's "wonderfulness" or I'm just not on board with it. I was intrigued by the title and the description of the book, but they don't match up. Maybe if it was titled something else like 'Life After Death' or 'Where Do We Go When We Die', then I might have enjoyed this more, but it really wasn't about finding Lincoln's Ghost. It was about realizing life lessons and how people affect you both during life and after they are gone. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, it just doesn't match up to what I thought it was supposed to be about.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marie Cordalis

    I received a free Kindle copy of this book via Goodreads. There are quite a few really excellent reviews of this book already on Goodreads so I won’t do a repeat of them. I will however add a few notes of my own. I I think the author did a great job of capturing the feeling of the times. I was about the same age as the main character during those times and I remember well that chaotic feeling. The confusion of how something that felt so wrong could possibly be the prevailing feeling so many . The I received a free Kindle copy of this book via Goodreads. There are quite a few really excellent reviews of this book already on Goodreads so I won’t do a repeat of them. I will however add a few notes of my own. I I think the author did a great job of capturing the feeling of the times. I was about the same age as the main character during those times and I remember well that chaotic feeling. The confusion of how something that felt so wrong could possibly be the prevailing feeling so many . The ending was so difficult and yet uplifting at same time. I’m glad Andi got her answer. It’s a good read. I recommend it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lacey

    What a wonderful treasure this book is. Great story, great characters, some seriously heavy coming of age trauma. It's got a very unique voice to it, I'm reminded of A Christmas Story where Ralphie narrates his Red Rider BB gun Christmas. This is very similar with the narrator reflecting back on her 6th grade year and all the strange and scary things that influenced her during her formative years. Those first three sentences of the prologue was probably the saddest beginning to a book I've ever What a wonderful treasure this book is. Great story, great characters, some seriously heavy coming of age trauma. It's got a very unique voice to it, I'm reminded of A Christmas Story where Ralphie narrates his Red Rider BB gun Christmas. This is very similar with the narrator reflecting back on her 6th grade year and all the strange and scary things that influenced her during her formative years. Those first three sentences of the prologue was probably the saddest beginning to a book I've ever read. We should all be so lucky to have an Ezra and Seth in our life. I received this book through #GoodreadsGiveaway.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Ford

    A great surprise I have a!ways been intrigued with the stories surrounding Lincoln so I thought this was an interesting title and cover. I am so glad I purchased it. This book was very well written. It addressed so many social issues that are so relevant in today's world just as they were in the 60's ( the setting for the story). It also addressed spiritual issues about the afterlife. I would highly recommend this book it has so much more to offer than the description implies. I plan on checking A great surprise I have a!ways been intrigued with the stories surrounding Lincoln so I thought this was an interesting title and cover. I am so glad I purchased it. This book was very well written. It addressed so many social issues that are so relevant in today's world just as they were in the 60's ( the setting for the story). It also addressed spiritual issues about the afterlife. I would highly recommend this book it has so much more to offer than the description implies. I plan on checking it the additional writings of this author.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Issa Bacsa

    It is a coming of age novel about Andrea “Andi” Powell who reminisce her experiences during her sixth grade at Lincoln Elementary School. This is a good memoir written in the first person point of view about growing up as a twelve-year-old girl in 1966, her first love, and wisdom she gained from her experiences. Read my review here: https://starstack.blog/2019/06/26/sea... It is a coming of age novel about Andrea “Andi” Powell who reminisce her experiences during her sixth grade at Lincoln Elementary School. This is a good memoir written in the first person point of view about growing up as a twelve-year-old girl in 1966, her first love, and wisdom she gained from her experiences. Read my review here: https://starstack.blog/2019/06/26/sea...

  18. 4 out of 5

    DAB-E

    This is a powerful wonderful story that delves deep into several main characters. It speaks to the racial injustices of past that unforunately are still with us today. The character of Ezra is my favorite for so many reasons. If you have not read this yet, I would out this book on your ti read list.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kellene

    An excellent look at life in the 60's from the perspective of a 6th grade girl who has suffered great loss but continues to have great hope. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. An excellent look at life in the 60's from the perspective of a 6th grade girl who has suffered great loss but continues to have great hope. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Emotional read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    Interesting book. Interesting book. Some images were very disturbing because they were of true life events that have happened to many people.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tiffani Erickson

    I received this book as part of a Giveaway and by looking at the cover, thought it was a non-fiction book about his past and maybe some assumptions about his afterlife, but after reading the back cover and then finishing the book, it wasn't what I expected, but it was a very good book. It was short, but I feel that everything said and described in this book was fully covered in the right about of time. I enjoyed the time frame being set in the late sixties as well them being younger children--in I received this book as part of a Giveaway and by looking at the cover, thought it was a non-fiction book about his past and maybe some assumptions about his afterlife, but after reading the back cover and then finishing the book, it wasn't what I expected, but it was a very good book. It was short, but I feel that everything said and described in this book was fully covered in the right about of time. I enjoyed the time frame being set in the late sixties as well them being younger children--in sixth grade. My mum was born in 1961, so I enjoyed this insight and it made me daydream about her life back then and what she was doing in 1966-67. I also thought about what if my mum was about Andi age, instead of six, what she would do and how she would handle the situations. I did enjoy that this book was a Historical Fiction book. It made me feel like it had actually happened to the author or someone she knew, but then at the same time, I knew it was fiction, so it was a nice imaginative piece.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    I won this on Goodreads book givaway. I loved it. The author told the story of Andi, an eleven year old white girl in the 1960s who has lost her parents at the age of five. Its hard to believe that Andi is fictional. The author brought her to life. The social politics of the USA in the 1960s and the social politics of grade six are both portrayed so clearly it actually takes you back to that time and place (if only in imagination). Andi's thoughts on her parents and her quest to find proof of an a I won this on Goodreads book givaway. I loved it. The author told the story of Andi, an eleven year old white girl in the 1960s who has lost her parents at the age of five. Its hard to believe that Andi is fictional. The author brought her to life. The social politics of the USA in the 1960s and the social politics of grade six are both portrayed so clearly it actually takes you back to that time and place (if only in imagination). Andi's thoughts on her parents and her quest to find proof of an afterlife is also realistic as well as the mental games she plays to rationalize and keep going. Through Andi's eyes we get to be in grade six again, we get to be in touch with someone who understands our grief and we come away with a small bit of hope. I recommend this book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lori Tatar

    This is a nice coming-of-age story that tries to cover a lot of territory like racism, religion, pedophilia, death, first-love, friendship, domestic violence and homosexuality all in a short 160 pages. It got a bit preacher-like at times. The story could have been a masterpiece had the author focused on one or two topics and let the reader discern the lessons from the story, rather than thrusting the morals of the story in the reader's face. More depth could have given "Searching for Lincoln's G This is a nice coming-of-age story that tries to cover a lot of territory like racism, religion, pedophilia, death, first-love, friendship, domestic violence and homosexuality all in a short 160 pages. It got a bit preacher-like at times. The story could have been a masterpiece had the author focused on one or two topics and let the reader discern the lessons from the story, rather than thrusting the morals of the story in the reader's face. More depth could have given "Searching for Lincoln's Ghost" a profoundness seldom found in modern story-telling. The author's skill in the techniques of writing is evident...now she just needs to fine-tune her approach to her subject.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Frank Staniszewski

    I chose to read this book since it had such a high average rating on Goodreads. However, I think it is just not my kind of book. I'm afraid I would call it a little sappy. The main character is well developed and the story is pretty good with a little bit of a surprise near the end. But I am not really into morality tales and the existence of a hereafter. Those are the topics of this book. It is also written a little bit amateurish. somewhat like a class project. If you like Owen Meany and that ty I chose to read this book since it had such a high average rating on Goodreads. However, I think it is just not my kind of book. I'm afraid I would call it a little sappy. The main character is well developed and the story is pretty good with a little bit of a surprise near the end. But I am not really into morality tales and the existence of a hereafter. Those are the topics of this book. It is also written a little bit amateurish. somewhat like a class project. If you like Owen Meany and that type of story, you will probably enjoy this, but it is not written to that level. I think I can understand how many people liked it, but it was not for me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This coming-of-age in the 'sixties novel is multi-layered and more complex than I expected it to be. The narrator's voice is deceptively simple, reminding me of Scout's voice in To Kill a Mockingbird, yet the themes in the story go beyond a simple ghost story. In fact, I was a bit shocked to discover the big secret. As a writer, I really appreciated Dzikowski's skill in crafting the novel. I appreciated all the references that pinned it to the turbulent sixties. A social and psychological coming This coming-of-age in the 'sixties novel is multi-layered and more complex than I expected it to be. The narrator's voice is deceptively simple, reminding me of Scout's voice in To Kill a Mockingbird, yet the themes in the story go beyond a simple ghost story. In fact, I was a bit shocked to discover the big secret. As a writer, I really appreciated Dzikowski's skill in crafting the novel. I appreciated all the references that pinned it to the turbulent sixties. A social and psychological coming-of-age novel with historical elements - and with themes as relevant as ever in the 21st century.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Logan Good

    This book had me from the first page. I instantly found myself wanting more with each turn of the page and I quickly found myself caught up in the story. The author has written a beautiful story about coming of age in a very tense time in our society and has presented it in a way that is extremely engaging. The history presented in the book is extremely interesting and adds to the story without taking away from the main plot. The author has written a wonderful book which is interesting and thoug This book had me from the first page. I instantly found myself wanting more with each turn of the page and I quickly found myself caught up in the story. The author has written a beautiful story about coming of age in a very tense time in our society and has presented it in a way that is extremely engaging. The history presented in the book is extremely interesting and adds to the story without taking away from the main plot. The author has written a wonderful book which is interesting and thought provoking.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cathleen Bonville

    This coming of age in the 60's story will make you smile, cry and get frustrated. There were a few easily predictable segments that were rather important to the story, but one incident that caught me completely off guard. It was refreshing. The characters are likable and believable. I found myself pitying them for most of the story. Although there is information about Lincoln spread throughout the story, it is not about Lincoln. Fans of the president who are searching for a Lincoln story beware This coming of age in the 60's story will make you smile, cry and get frustrated. There were a few easily predictable segments that were rather important to the story, but one incident that caught me completely off guard. It was refreshing. The characters are likable and believable. I found myself pitying them for most of the story. Although there is information about Lincoln spread throughout the story, it is not about Lincoln. Fans of the president who are searching for a Lincoln story beware of this book title.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    Spoiler Alert... I really liked this book. Loved the story from the perspective of a young sixth grade girl. I related to several of her experiences! With that being said, I was disappointed towards the end. I did not like the turn the author took with the two male teachers. Although I knew what the "noises" Andi heard were, I think a male/female teacher woild have been more realistic and worked better in this story. I still thought it was a good story overall. Spoiler Alert... I really liked this book. Loved the story from the perspective of a young sixth grade girl. I related to several of her experiences! With that being said, I was disappointed towards the end. I did not like the turn the author took with the two male teachers. Although I knew what the "noises" Andi heard were, I think a male/female teacher woild have been more realistic and worked better in this story. I still thought it was a good story overall.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary McDonald

    I LOVED this book. It is simply written but not beneath an adult reader. I loved some of the passages. Many of the similes were cleverly done. I enjoyed the Lincoln history strewn throughout, although Lincoln is not the focus of this book. There are a lot of life lessons to ponder. Would make an excellent book club book. This would be great for school age children, except that there are a few touchy incidents/subject matters best left to high school and older.

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