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Here Lies Linc

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  354 Ratings  ·  76 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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Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Lisa Nocita
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Shaunna Roszell
I thought it was realy good. The reason was because it was a mystery and I like mystery books.
Charity Kelly
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One word. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CM Wilcox
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finally finished reading this to my son... great book, great plot, heartwarming and mysterious. Loved it!
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 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
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan Blazanin
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Graveyards don't bother twelve-year-old Lincoln Crenshaw. He's spent most of his life tagging after his mother, Lottie, as she studies the history of burial customs. This year Linc leaves his tiny private school and begins sixth grade at Plainview Junior High. It's not easy to fit in, especially when their first American Studies outing is exactly what Linc doesn't want--a field trip to Oakland Cemetery with his mom as a tour guide. Things only get worse when the class project is to "adopt" a gra ...more
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Chelsea Couillard-Smith
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
Tracie D'angelo
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
After being home-away-from-home (Ho-Hos) schooled, Linc decides to try out public school. His first major project is to "adopt" a grave in the local cemetery and learn about whoever was laid to rest there. Linc is no stranger to cemeteries. He's travelled to many all over the place with his mom, Lottie, who is a history professor with a specialty in burial customs. In hopes of impressing the "cool" group, Linc chooses the most ominous tomb in the graveyard, The Black Angel. Through researching a ...more
Addison Children
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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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
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very well done! I was totally taken by surprise to learn that Ms Ray actually lives in Iowa, which I figured out as soon as she started to talk about the Black Angel in an Oakland Cemetery. I am familiar with that cemetery since one of my great-grand-uncles, Dr. John B. Carder, is buried there with his wife and her parents and grandparents. Dr. Carder's father-in-law, Dr. John C. Schrader was a surgeon during the Civil wAr, was one of the founders of the Medical School at the University of Iowa, ...more
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Suzanne Warr
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ;)
Donette Eisenhardt
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have to say I started reading this book in an attempt to show my 11 year old that you can read whatever interests you. I ended up loving this book and really got a kick out of the epitaph at the begin of each chapter. So instead of inspiring my 11 year old, my 9 year old son will be starting the book soon. I have a feeling that once it gets warm we will be going on our own hunt through the old cemeteries in our area.
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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??
Linc lives next to a cemetery. Worse yet, his mother is an expert on gravestones and their history. When Linc decides to go to public school for the first time, things get off to a rocky start when his mother is asked to lead his class on a tour of the cemetery. He's so embarrassed. But through the adopt-a-grave project, Linc and his mother start to deal with the sudden death of Linc's father and find out some interesting things about his past.

grief; hope; how to do historical research
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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?
Oct 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Here lies link is the story of a local kid. His mom likes cemetarys. while his mom was busy, Linc wondered around and discovered a rather interdesting grave. the Black Angel. he and his friends go on wide adventures (for a kid). this book made me feel like i was Lincs' age just in grade school again. great book to read and love for ever, and it is based on a local Iowa City legend.
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