Two Miserable Presidents

The Amazing, Terrible, and Totally True Story of the Civil War

Steven Sheinkin, illustrated by Tim Robinson

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May 22, 1856: A MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WALKS INTO THE SENATE CHAMBER, LOOKING FOR TROUBLE.

That Congressman, Preston Brooks, was ready to attack Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts over remarks Sumner made slamming senators who supported slavery in Kansas. Brooks lifted his cane to beat Sumner, and here the action in the book stops, so that Steve Sheinkin can explain just where this confrontation started. In the process, he unravels the complicated string of events – the small things, the personal ones, the big issues– that led to The Civil War. It is a time and a war that threatened America’s very existence, revealed in the surprising true stories of the soldiers and statesmen who battled it out.

Two Miserable Presidents is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Two Miserable Presidents
How to Rip a Country ApartOn May 22, 1856, a congressman from South Carolina walked into the Senate chamber, looking for trouble. With a cane in his hand, Preston Brooks scanned the nearly empty room and spotted the man he wanted: Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts. Sumner was sitting at a desk, writing letters, unaware he had a visitor. He became aware a moment later, when he looked up from his papers just in time to see Preston Brooks's metal-tipped cane rising high above his head.Stop That Cane!So Preston Brooks's metal-tipped cane is about to land on a senator's

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Steven Sheinkin, illustrated by Tim Robinson

Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of several fascinating books on American history, including The Notorious Benedict Arnold, which won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction. His recent book Bomb was a Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award as well as the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Two Miserable Presidents
The Amazing, Terrible, and Totally True Story of the Civil War
Steven Sheinkin, illustrated by Tim Robinson

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Beacon of Freedom Award

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July 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781596435193
ISBN10: 1596435194
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
6 x 8 1/2 inches, 256 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Range: 5 and up Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 920L

$9.99

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Hardcover
Roaring Brook Press
July 2008
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781596433205
ISBN10: 1596433205
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
6 x 8 1/2 inches, 256 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 920L
AR Quiz Number: 136776
AR Book Level: 2.4
AR Points: 0.5

$19.95

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Roaring Brook Press
July 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429932745
ISBN10: 1429932740
Middle-Grade Nonfiction256 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
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