Here Lies Lincby Delia Ray
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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Can Linc hope for anything near a normal life when his widowed mother is an absent-minded professor specializing in burial customs?
Twelve-year-old Lincoln Raintree Crenshaw Junior knows it will be a difficult transition when he transfers to public school from "Home-Away-From-Home-School" (several faculty children—Ho-Hos—taught together in Dr. Lindstrom's basement). He didn't know his first official field trip would be to the Oakland Cemetery, which is literally in his backyard...or that his mother, Dr. Charlotte Landers, would be the one leading the tour. He convinces her to pretend he's just another student, but of course that goes horribly wrong. In an attempt to be cool, he decides he'll use the supposedly cursed Black Angel monument for his adopt-a-grave research project. Instead of cool he gets a heap of trouble from the new cemetery "warden," Mr. Kilgore, and a mysterious connection, through his father, to a grave adopted by another new student. Ray's tale, which centers around a real legend, strikes the perfect balance of humor, realistic chills and near-teen angst. Linc's problems with his eccentric mother, their shared grief over his father's unexpected death and Linc's trials at school are expertly woven into the dual mysteries: the real story of the Black Angel and a secret from his father's past.
Actual epitaphs from across the globe kick off each chapter for extra funereal fun. (Mystery. 9-12)
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- 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)
- Age Range:
- 9 - 12 Years
Meet 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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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I really liked his book it was entertaning but hated the way the book ended
How long is the book
Ths book is amazing!! I love it!! I hope you love it as much as i did!! From a curse to no curse at all!!
This is an amazing book nice work delia ray!!!!
Here Lies Linc is a great story about the Black Angel!!! It is a fast read. I hope you like it as much as i did!! And if you do like it try other books from this author, Singing Hands, and Ghost Girl!