Synopses & Reviews
When her mother dies, fourteen-year-old Emily Pigbush is forced to go live with her uncle Valentine. She is immediately suspicious of her uncles unusual late-night activities and fears he may be involved with body-snatching, but every time she resolves to confront him, she is thrown off balance by something good he has done. When she stumbles upon the truth, the betrayal is more than she can bear. But when forced to put her emotions aside, Emily discovers that although her uncle is breaking the law, the risk he takes ultimately benefits mankind.
Rinaldi has woven two interesting plots here into a fine coming-of-age historical novel....Makes readers feel as if they are living in history.—Booklist
Fast-paced and dramatic, with a wealth of interesting background information....Impressive.—Publishers Weekly
Deliciously macabre.—The Bulletin
"Makes readers feel as if they are living in history."--Booklist
Chaos reigns in Washington, D.C., after President Lincolns assassination. But for fourteen-year-old Emily Pigbush, the Unions turmoil is nothing compared to her own struggle. Sent to live with her uncle Valentine after her mothers untimely death, Emily realizes that her best friends mother was one of John Wilkes Booths accomplices. And even worse, she suspects that her uncle is breaking the law.
Fourteen-year-old Emily Pigbush suspects that her uncle, a respected physician, is involved in body snatching.
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About the Author
ANN RINALDI is an award-winning author best known for bringing history vividly to life. A self-made writer and newspaper columnist for twenty-one years, Ms. Rinaldi attributes her interest in history to her son, who enlisted her to take part in historical reenactments up and down the East Coast. She lives with her husband in central New Jersey.