Searching for Lincoln's Ghost.
2013 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
Join eleven-year-old Andi Powell on her odyssey to find out if there's life after death by seeking Lincoln's ghost and the surprising answers she finds along the way.
"Dzikowski has created a world complete enough to transport the reader back in time and a spunky protagonist whose emotional journey breaks the heart. Dzikowski’s poignant, engrossing historical novel vividly parallels the last brutal days of segregation with the experiences of a small town girl coming of age in a racist society."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Some books touch you so profoundly it is with regret you reach the end. Searching for Lincoln’s Ghost is one such book ... I have been treated to a beautiful, heartrending story that will stay with me, I believe, for the rest of my life."
- Anna Belfrage, author
Andi Powell thinks about death far too often for an eleven-year-old. After losing both parents in an automobile 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 afterlife, a complex chain of events is set into motion, including the sudden appearance of John Malone, a new boy at school who harbors an explosive secret, and mysterious moaning coming 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. Peppered with Lincoln folklore and history, it is a timeless tale about the power of love, empathy, and how the actions of one person can profoundly impact another.