The Lindbergh Child: America’s Hero and the Crime of the Century
"At 10:00 pm Betty Gow enters the nursery to check on the baby. She feels a chill in the room and turns on an electric heater. Finding it strange not to hear the boy's breathing, she looks into the crib to find him . . . gone!" When famous aviator Charles Lindbergh's child disappeared in 1932, the nation was transfixed. This narrative depicts the many curious characters involved and follows the ransom demands, false leads, and the final outcome of the thrilling mystery. Includes bibliography and maps. Black-and-white illustrations.
JLG Release: Oct 2008
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal
Junior Library Guild
The book treats The first thing one notices upon opening The Lindbergh Child is the art: engaging illustrations clearly rendered in pen and ink. The precision of the drawings helps clarify the details of a very complicated case; the somewhat stylized nature of the art is evocative of the time period in which the events took place.
The book treats the case of Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr.’s disappearance thoroughly, without oversimplifying. Following the police investigation chronologically, readers see how the detectives used a variety of techniques in their attempts to apprehend the kidnappers and recover the baby. One particularly impressive episode involves the work of a wood identification expert at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service Laboratory, who examined the wood of a ladder left behind by the criminal. Based on particular features of the wood used to build the ladder, he provided evidence that helped to implicate the suspect when he was found. The graphic-novel format is perfect for simultaneously advancing the narrative and highlighting such specific kinds of evidence.
Fans of detective tales, true crime, and graphic novels will all be thrilled to learn the details of a case that has been called the crime of the century.
6" x 9"
Level 6.5; Points: 2;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 4.6; Points: 6;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Charles A, Lindbergh (1902-1974), The Lindbergh kidnapping case, Domestic help, Ransom notes, Crime scenes, Evidence, Police investigations, Scams, Serial numbers, Dead bodies, Psychological profiles, Forensics, Accusations, Trials, The death penalty, Guilt and innocence, Crime theories,