Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one. Read more...
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Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.
In a compelling, linear narrative, Miller takes readers along as she investigates a brutal crime: the August 4, 1892, murders of wealthy and prominent Andrew and Abby Borden. The accused? Mild-mannered and highly respected Lizzie Borden, daughter of Andrew and stepdaughter of Abby. Most of what is known about Lizzie's arrest and subsequent trial (and acquittal) comes from sensationalized newspaper reports; as Miller sorts fact from fiction, and as a legal battle gets under way, a gripping portrait of a woman and a town emerges.
With inserts featuring period photos and newspaper clippings--and, yes, images from the murder scene--readers will devour this nonfiction book that reads like fiction.
A School Library Journal Best Best Book of the Year
"Sure to be a hit with true crime fans everywhere." --School Library Journal, Starred
- ISBN-13: 9780553498080
- ISBN-10: 0553498088
- Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
- Publish Date: January 2016
- Page Count: 304
- Reading Level: Ages 12-17
- Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-10-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Miller (The Lost Crown) presents an exhaustive look at the famous unsolved murders of August 1892, in which Abby and Andrew Borden were found killed by axe in their home in Fall River, Mass., and of which Andrews daughter (and Abbys stepdaughter), Lizzie, was accused. Starting with the morning of the murders, the narrative traces the events leading to Lizzies arrest, then details her time in prison and her trial. Miller relies on newspaper accounts and court transcripts to create lively scenes filled with authentic dialogue, making for a suspenseful crime story, which is all the more intriguing for its lasting doubt. Numerous sidebars provide background on subjects like legal proceedings and mourning dress, point out the differences between newspaper coverage of a testimony and the testimony itself, and explore topics of side interest, like what the Bordens ate for breakfastall of which immerse readers in the life of that era. Photos, diagrams, and Millers thoughtful note on researching the book combine with the energetic text to engage readers in their own debate as to Lizzie Bordens guilt or innocence. Ages 10up. Agent: Wendy Schmalz, Wendy Schmalz Agency. (Jan.)