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Here Lies Linc [Kindle Edition]

Delia Ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When 12-year-old Linc Crenshaw decides he wants to go to public school, his professor mom isn't so happy with the idea. He's convinced it will be the ticket to a new social life. Instead, it's a disaster when his mom shows up at their field trip to the local cemetery to lecture them on gravestones, and Linc sees her through his fellow-students' eyes. He's convinced his chances at a social life are over until a cemetery-related project makes him sought-after by fellow students he's not so sure he wants as friends, helps him make a new, genuine friend, and brings to light some information about his family that upends his world.

Delia Ray has written a funny, heartfelt story about a lonely kid and his mother as they ultimately cope with the grief left behind from his dad's death, and along the journey find new ways to connect with each other, and their community.

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About the Author

When DELIA RAY was little, she and her sister and their cousin invented the Brave Girl Club as a way to make the long, hot summers in Tidewater, Virginia, a little more exciting. They dared each other to perform all sorts of daunting challenges—swims across an algae-covered, snake-infested pond, for example, or solo trips to the second story of an old, abandoned farmhouse hidden deep in the woods. Delia says she still uses her Brave Girl training today whenever she's conducting research for her books, which have taken her on adventures from the Yukon Territory in Canada to cemeteries spread across the state of Iowa. Between adventures, Delia lives in a house overlooking the Iowa River with her husband, three daughters, and a strange-looking mutt named Griff, who came from the animal shelter and provided the inspiration for C.B. in this book. Here Lies Linc is Delia's third novel for young readers.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 2564 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0375867570
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EBT6GK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different that what I expected! (In a good way) October 26, 2011
Overall Review: From the title, and even the cover art, of this book, I admit that I was expecting something in the way of a silly spooky teen story to get you ready for Halloween. Wasn't I surprised to find, instead of a supernatural fantasy, a wonderful story based on a true account! Here Lies Linc has a contemporary and engaging plot, full of finding connections with yourself and your past.

Linc (Lincoln) learns so many things as he struggles to find himself. He's in a new school and has a strange mother. He doesn't know where he belongs. I have to admit that through much of the book, I didn't like Linc. He had no backbone and seemed to have no qualms with lying, stealing, and pretending to be someone he wasn't. However, he did improve and learn! It did make me think of the fact that many of us, at one time or another, feel like we want to `fit in' and do some pretty dumb things to do it. Luckily, Linc's mistakes take him down a very interesting path of discovery--both of the past and of his future. He makes some wonderful friendships with very unlikely people (especially his cute old neighbor, Mr. Krasny, whom I loved) and discovers the joy of searching through the past and making lasting connections with his community.

Learning about the Black Angel monument in the Iowa City, Oakland Cemetery was so interesting, especially because it was true! We have the opportunity to follow Linc as he works to disprove the `curse' of the Black Angel and uncover the true identity of the woman who commissioned the monument and why she did it. I loved reading the epitaphs at the beginning of each chapter, and they become even more fun as I discovered that they are real epitaphs from actual headstones! There were funny ones, sad ones, and many famous ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect mix of humor and heartbreak October 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I love the real characters in this book. Neither the adults nor the kids are all good or all bad (well, OK, one of the adults is all bad, but there really are jerks in the world). Linc is earnest and likable, and I was rooting for him throughout, even when he made bad decisions. And I so enjoyed the way he not only came to terms with his own grief, but he also forced his mom to do so. It's a nice blend of humor and sadness, and I was completely satisfied and hopeful for the future when I finished the final page.
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1.0 out of 5 stars misleading June 25, 2013
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The book was ok but the title cover picture has nothing to do with the story. So it was ok.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book February 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
hi i am a kid in battle of the books. this i 1 of the books do i decided to read our. i didn't think i would like it at first but when i kept reading it, it became really interesting. I really recommend this book to anyone
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the cover fool you! October 30, 2012
There is a lot of depth to this story! Don't let the cover fool you! Lincoln Raintree Crenshaw is all too familiar with death. He lives right next door to the town cemetery, his mother is an anthropologist who has taken Linc visiting cemeteries and graves all over the US, and his father died suddenly when Linc was only seven. Now, as Linc begins his first year in a "real" middle school, what is one of his first assignments? To choose a tombstone in the cemetery and find out the history of the person buried there. Linc has a lot to prove. He has finally convinced his mom to let him go to public school after years in a homeschool setting, he has no friends at his new school, and he really needs to fit in. So, which tombstone does he choose? The Black Angel, a giant statute of a scary looking angel that hovers over the whole cemetery. The Black Angel has a bad reputation, with lots of frightening things happening to people who touch it. As Linc unravels the mystery of the Black Angel, he also unravels some painful things about his own family and the town he lives in. Will the hurt be worth it in the end? Read Here Lies Linc to find out for yourself! A great read for grades 5 and up.
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