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The League and the Lantern

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fact-paced thriller adds conspiracy to Abe Lincoln lore.

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age 9+

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age 9+

I recommend without any reservation

A new year and a new school! That means a fresh start! … Or it is supposed to. Jake, TJ, and Lucy are entering the 7th grade. Their summer orientation – a sleep over at the local museum – doesn’t go as planned. While participating in a scavenger hunt, Jake, TJ, and Lucy stumble upon something bigger and are quickly caught up in a clandestine fight between two secret organizations – the League and the Lantern. These two organizations have been fighting since the time of Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth, with one seeking to preserve freedom, and the other seeking to rule. While reading The League and the Lantern by Brian Wells, I couldn’t help but think of the movie National Treasure. For those who enjoy action, mystery, and history (there is even a little bit of science thrown in), you will definitely want to check out this book. The book is clean – no language or sex – and comical. I really enjoyed the character’s references to The Princess Bride. This well written story is one I recommend without any reservation to parents of 9-14 year olds (or adults who are young at heart.) Visit my blog to see what other books I've enjoyed:

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Conspiracy theorists, history buffs, and action fans will find plenty to enjoy in this fast-paced adventure, which recovers from an awkward start and goes full-tilt right to the cliffhanger ending. Television and movie producer Brian Wells brings his cinematic background to THE LEAGUE AND THE LANTERN. He crams in everything: covert groups manipulating history, hidden identities, secrets hidden in plain sight, high-tech gadgets, cloning, high-octane chases, and more. Several fun set pieces (a fight on a plane in the museum, a wrestling match among three Lincolns and his foes) and gags (TJ's hunger, Lucy's martial arts reflexes) make up for occasionally inconsistent, clumsy writing.

The bad guys are after wealth and power (of course), but the good guys are devoted to freedom and Lincoln's ideals -- the president's words provide moral guidance to several characters. An author's note separating fact from fiction would have been helpful; readers are directed instead to the book's website.

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