Here Lies Linc

Here Lies Linc

by Delia Ray


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375865381
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,177,181
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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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Plainview Junior High was supposed to be a fresh start for me. But it’s hard to start fresh when kids keep asking you questions about your past. During the first week of school at least ten kids had tried to strike up conversations.

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Here Lies Linc 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked his book it was entertaning but hated the way the book ended
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Linc is trying to find a way to fit in in his new school, but it's not easy when you live right next to a graveyard, your father is dead, and your mother can be a more than a little strange. So when the class is assigned a project to learn about someone buried in the cemetery, he finds himself telling the popular boys that he can get the key to a vault they're studying and help them break in. Meanwhile, he decides to disprove the superstition of a curse on the Black Angel gravesite. Finally, he's freaked out that a new friend has chosen the grave of someone whose last name is the same as his own unusual and mysterious middle name that he shared with his father. There's only one really creepy cemetery scene. Otherwise, the cemetery seems like a fascinating place. The characters in the book were interesting and likable.
porch_reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My fifth-grade son read this book for school and recommended it to me. I'm so glad that he did. [Here Lies Linc] is a story about Linc, a boy who lives near Oakland Cemetery. Linc's mother is a history professor specializing in burial rights and customs at the University of Iowa. His father, who died suddenly when Linc was seven, is interred in a columbarium in Oakland Cemetery. Linc is no stranger to cemeteries, but as he starts his first year of junior high, he just wants to be a normal kid. That's why he can't believe that the first field trip of the year is going to take him to Oakland Cemetery on a tour led by his mom. Linc manages to survive the field trip (despite a classic embarassing moment), but he and his friends aren't quite done with Oakland Cemetery. As they research some of the people buried there, Linc finds himself uncovering secrets that circle closer and closer to his own family. Ray keeps the pages turning by weaving together multiple storylines. Suspense and tension build as Linc navigates the challenges of the middle school and the mysteries waiting to be solved. My son and I both loved this book. It is a well-paced story, gradually building to its final crescendo. Ray's characters feel real. Whether it is a middle school football star, a middle-aged widow, or an elderly neighbor, each voice is pitch perfect. This book would be perfect to recommend to any 4th-6th graders in your life, and you might even want to try it yourself!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How long is the book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book nice work delia ray!!!!
Mbrennan More than 1 year ago
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!