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Here Lies Linc

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  243 ratings  ·  58 reviews
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 cha ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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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 str
Lisa Nocita
Lincoln "Linc" Raintree Crenshaw is twelve and feeling all of the angst that comes with the territory. Add to it that his father passed away suddenly a few years ago, his mother studies graves and burial rites for a living, and he is beginning his first year of public school with all of its possibilities for missteps and mistakes and you have the basic premise of the book. He just wants to fit in and feel "normal," not easy when you don't have a TV, a working vacuum, nice shoes or clothes, and l ...more
Charity Kelly
One word. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Addison Children
I picked this one because the reviews mentioned a Black Angel in an Iowa cemetery. My husband grew up in Council Bluffs, an Iowa town with a Black Angel. Turns out the book is set in Iowa City. Linc's father died young and his mother is a professor at U of I doing research on cemeteries (who knew that was even a thing). They moved to Iowa City because Linc's dad (now deceased) thought he might have an old friend there. Linc and his mom live in a home abutting the cemetery and Linc has spent plen ...more
It’s the end of one life and the start of a new one for Lincoln Raintree Crenshaw. The old life had two parents, each with a passion to share and teach; a small basement homeschool where lots of the other professors’ children went; and a friend, Jeeter, who maintained the cemetery next door. It might have been a bit different, but it was happy, interesting and safe. The new life had one parent now that Linc’s dad had passed away; a public middle school full of ordinary classes and ordinary kids; ...more
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 ...more
This is another title written for the middle grades, so it's a little out of my normal reading zone, but it was another that I read quickly and enjoyed and will gladly recommend to students when school resumes. I always have kids asking me for more mysteries, so I was excited to find this one, and it has a boy protagonist too which is a little unusual. The MC here is Lincoln, a socially awkward 12-year old who, as part of a school project, has been assigned to research a grave in the local cemet ...more
Lincoln Raintree Crenshaw is having a tough start to seventh grade. He has transferred from his small private home school to a regular public middle school. He's becoming increasingly aware that his off-beat mom, a professor who studies gravestone and burial rituals, is having her own problems. And his father's sudden death several years ago continues to color his life.

Linc's teacher assigns the students to choose a gravestone and to complete research to learn more about the person. Linc choose
“Here Lies Linc” by Delia Ray is a really cute and funny juvenile book. Lincoln Raintree Crenshaw is a twelve-year-old boy who makes the decision, after being homeschooled with a very smart group of kids, to go to public school for junior high. His mother, who he calls, Lottie, is a bit of an eccentric history professor. Lottie has always been fascinated by the historical value behind cemeteries, and tombstones in particular, so it was nothing for Linc to wake up on a blanket on top of someone’s ...more
I feel like I've been spending a lot of time in graveyards lately. At least in books. Twelve-year-old Linc is making changes in his life. He has decided to attend public school for the first time. His mom is not especially happy with this decision. She's a somewhat eccentric professor--an expert on death customs, who is still struggling to deal with the death of Linc's dad five years earlier. Linc and his mother live right on the edge of the Oakland Cemetery, and his campaign to fit in at school ...more
This is a fun story that does a great job of incorporating true local history. I like that it takes place in the city in which I live. The cemetery is only about a mile from my house and it's huge and historic and I didn't even really know about it until I read this. After reading the book I'm a little confused by the cover and the title because the story had little to do with either, at least as far as I could I missing something??
Suzanne Warr
Some books I waver over how many stars they should get, and in the end they might earn five, but it was a tough call. This one was no question, as it's the kind of book I find myself wanting to push into the hands of random strangers! Read the full spotlight on my blog (with the cat's two cents), then meet me in the graveyard. I'm thinking of starting an epitaph-collecting club. ;)
This was an enjoyable read overall. Linc's mom is a graveyard historian, his dad died young, and he lives next to a graveyard, so it's no wonder that he decides he finally needs to stop being homeschooled and re-enter the world of the living - that is, middle school. But as luck would have it, his history class has to do a project on a grave. Figures.

I enjoyed the epitaphs at the beginning of each chapter, and the plot was engrossing enough. My biggest quibble was with Linc, who I found to be u
Theo P
I really liked Here Lies Linc; I read it in a day. Three adventures were going on at once, and I thought they'd all end up as part of the same adventure, but they didn't. Something unexpected happened, instead. Hurray!

I really liked Linc because he seemed understandable and could make friends with people who are hard to understand at times. He's a nice boy. Another character I liked was Delaney, who was pretty brave. The mystery of the Black Angel was cool. Oxidation happened, and it turned bla
Beverly Ploughe
I wasn't sure I was going to like this one, but I was wrong! It is excellent, and it is a very quick read. It's more about learning to appreciate your family and all of its facets than anything.
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. ...more
Author lives near where I do. The cemetery (and statue) in the book I've seen many times. I thought it was time to read the book. It was a very enjoyable story.
Here Lies Linc grabbed me from the very beginning. I absolutely loved the class project that Linc tackled and, even more so, how he grew in many dimensions through everything that happened to him in this season of his life. I highly recommend this story, sparked by the real Black Angel in the real Oakland Cemetery, to children and adults alike. And, I think I just might visit a local cemetery soon and see what I can learn!

Two links to my life, that spiced things up a bit for me while reading thi
Susan Eberhardt
Three mystery adventures in one story with a male protagonist. And it is based around a Black Angel in a cemetery. Good stuff for middle school readers.
This YHBA book was pretty interesting. I enjoyed the strange topic of graves and epitaphs, but it didn't completely click with me.
Emy Majors
This book was a really good book, it had a lot of secrets and drama,but other than that it was a really good book
Jamie Robyn Wood
Great writing. Interesting plot. Fun connection to Iowa. Ellie has liked it too.
Molly Giddens
Love that this is based on an actual place and loosely on some real people.
Cute story from a local author about a young boy who finds out he's more connected to the area than he realizes. Most of the action centers around a cemetery with a local legend: the Black Angel--an eerie monument that is a magnet for late night visits to the cemetery by brave kids. Linc picks the Black Angel monument as his project for class--what are the strange words around the bottom of the monument, and how is it connected to Iowa City, where he lives?

A fun read for kids--especially local
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I liked the perspective this was written from --- a middle aged boy. The character descriptions from this point of view were spot on from how I remember thinking about certain adults I came into contact with.
At times Linc seems way too old for his age, and at times he seems much younger. Not sure if I've just forgotten what it's like to be 13 or if this is a fault in the writing, but I did enjoy the plot. And I like that the kids in this book are all basically "good" kids. There's no really nasty villain other than Killgore, the cemetary warden. A fun, quick read for those who want something a little creepy. Just have to be careful who I recommend it to because there's a lot of grieving for a lost p ...more
Laura Salas
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 finishe ...more
Setting: Oakland Cemetary in Iowa City
Main character: Lincoln Raintree Crenshaw, middle schooler. His mom is a professor of graveyard and cemetary studies. His Dad is dead.
Assignment for American Studies class: Adopt-A-Grave at the Oakland Cemetary and find out everything you can about who is buried below!

What's it got? Coming of age, mystery, grief, humor, death, darkness, a little sparkle of love, and a GRAVEYARD!

Need I say more?
3.5. I wonder what happened to Mr Kilgore? And how could his mom keep leaving him alone? Liked the A.R. part. Overall, I enjoyed the story just wish there was more depth to the characters beyond Linc. Liked the inscriptions at the beginning of each chapter, though I stopped paying attention since there were over 30 chapters! Started to feel too contrived.

That cover is terrible.
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