How Kate Warne Saved President Lincoln

The Story Behind the Nation's First Woman Detective

In 1856, when Kate Warne went to see Allan Pinkerton, only men were detectives. But Kate convinced Allan to hire her for his detective agency. She explained that she could worm out secrets where men could not go—in disguise as a society lady! Join Kate on her most important mission—to thwart a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the way to his inauguration.

  • 32 Pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • 9780807541173
  • April 2016

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  • Affirming narrative and important subject

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • The pages are filled with colorful drawings, and readers will appreciate the wide-eyed, cartoonlike characters. An interesting story about a woman who played an important role in our nation’s history.

    - School Library Journal

  • Van Steenwyk appropriately paints the story with excitement and intrigue, and she includes how Warne’s success as a detective helped create more opportunities for women. Warne’s fascinating exploits and penchant for disguise will easily hold their attention.

    - Booklist

  • Belloni’s candy-colored digital art goes for deliciousness over gravity, keeping the mood perhaps oddly light even as history hangs in the balance.

    - New York Times Book Review

Awards & Accolades

  • 2017 Amelia Bloomer List
  • 2017 Jefferson Cup Honor Book for Young Readers


Valentina Belloni

Common Core

RI.3.1,2,3,4,6,7,9,10 RF.3.3,3b,3c,3d,4,4a,4c SL.3.1,1b,1c,1d,2,3,4,6 L.3.3,4,4a,4d,5,5a,5b,6 W.3.1,2,4,5,7,8,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5
  • ATOS Level: 5.5