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 Eye that never sleeps : how detective Pinkerton saved President Lincoln
 Author: Moss, Marissa

 Illustrator: Holmes, Jeremy

 Publisher:  Abrams Books for Young Readers
 Pub Year: 2018

 Dewey: 363.28
 Classification: Biography
 Physical Description: 47 p., col. ill., 23 x 31 cm

 BTSB No: 661621 ISBN: 9781419730641
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Pinkerton, Allan, -- 1819-1884
 Pinkerton's National Detective Agency
 Private investigators

Price: $20.71

A picture book about Allan Pinkerton, an American detective and spy best known for saving Abraham Lincoln from an assassination attempt.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 5.90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 198040
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 8.30
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 76282

   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/18)
   School Library Journal (09/01/18)
   Booklist (06/01/19)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/11/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2018 Gr 2–4—This quirkily illustrated biography of Allan Pinkerton, the man who created the Pinkerton agency, focuses on a thwarted assassination attempt of the newly elected President Lincoln. Born and raised in Scotland, Pinkerton began his career promoting workers' rights and eventually had to flee to the United States to escape the British government. A keen observer, he went on to start a successful detective agency, cultivating a growing reputation for professionalism and success. In 1860, he was hired by a railroad company to protect the line from secessionists who were threatening to blow up the tracks around Washington, DC. While investigating, Pinkerton uncovered a plot to ambush and kill Lincoln. Moss evokes a mysterious and exciting old-fashioned tale of espionage here. Holmes's carefully researched artwork, which he explains in a note, was inspired by newspaper mastheads, period fashion, and even board games from the era. The artist created a digital scratchboard to make the engaging illustrations, which are rendered in comic-style panels throughout, with a muted orange, brown, and violet color pallet. VERDICT A great pick for kids who can't get enough spy stories. Purchase in libraries where history and biography are in demand.—Kristy Pasquariello, Westwood Public Library, MA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 06/01/2019 Bold visual choices pay off big in this highly readable biography of the founder of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. Deep colors of purple, gold, orange, burgundy, and brown offset the use of nineteenth-century style fonts. The most startling motif, however, is the play on the agency’s motto of an oblong eye that never sleeps. Illustrator Holmes gives Pinkerton orange glasses that project like a searchlight, zeroing in on crimes, suspects, and clues. The narrative follows Pinkerton from his native Scotland to the US, focusing on his practical sleuthing methods and his part in foiling the plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln. Author Moss makes sure to support the story with plenty of back matter, including time lines, bibliographies, and an author’s note explaining how Pinkerton’s innovative company (which hired many women, among other fresh practices) became, after his death, associated with unsavory union-busting. The derring-do of Pinkerton’s adventures, along with the creative visual layout, will draw in aspiring detectives who enjoy history writ large. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

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