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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

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Black-Eyed Susan Book Awards Grades 4-6 2013
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375867570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375867576
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Overseas Mom on October 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samantha McManus on October 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book at the library from the librarian's recommended bookshelf. I was instantly intrigued when I read the back cover. Having spent hours powerwalking through the Oakland Cemetery from 1985-1992 in Iowa City, the black angel was a staple of my daily life.

So yes, I got the book because it mentioned this great cemetery. I kept reading it because it was a really, really good read. From the four gravestone ghosts whispering like four balcony muppets to the mysterious old lady with the sunflowers, every character was compelling. I read it for myself but couldn't wait to share it with my sons, too. At 12, 10 and 7, they all enjoyed it as well. Thanks to the author for bringing me a glimpse of my past through new eyes.
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Format: Paperback
A very well written story. I liked how Ray wove genealogical research methods into the story of a 7th grade boy working on an American Studies project about the history of a grave site in a local cemetery. Around this core plot is the story of the emotional upheaval between a parent and child as the youngster works to find his place among peers, all of which is a terrifying learning experience for all. My fifth grader picked up the book and skimmed the first chapter and declared it a slow read. I think though if a reader gives the story a chance and reads to page 50, the story will catch their interest. There are enough mysteries and compelling characters to hold a readers attention.
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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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By paperpaper on 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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