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The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins



by
Gail Shepherd

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Kathy Dawson
ISBN
9780525428459
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Violence: Gun Violence
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Lyndie B. Hawkins loves history, research, and getting to the truth no matter what. But when it comes to her family, her knowledge is full of holes. Like, what happened to her father in the Vietnam War? Where does he disappear to for days? And why exactly did they have to move in with her grandparents? Determined to mold recalcitrant Lyndie into a nice Southern girl even if it kills her, her fusspot grandmother starts with lesson number one: Family=Loyalty=keeping quiet about family secrets. Especially when it comes to Lyndie’s daddy.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Violence: Gun Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

304

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.7: points 9

Lexile

700L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

15

JLG Release

Jul 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Secrets. Veterans. Grandparents and granddaughters. Foster children. Family life. Twentieth-century history of Tennessee. Friendship. Vietnam War (1955–1975).

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly*, The Horn Book Magazine, Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews*

Horn Book

In 1985 Lyndie and her parents move in with her grandparents in Love’s Forge, Tennessee, after her father, a Vietnam War veteran grappling with alcoholism, loses his job and her mother develops recurring headaches. Lyndie’s grandmother, Lady, has a firm view of what a “nice Southern family” should look like and vehemently tries to force hers into that mold while teaching Lyndie that loyalty means sticking to a schedule, behaving with decorum, and never betraying family secrets. These restrictions leave Lyndie feeling alienated and Lady feeling frustrated, with the family’s problems mounting at an alarming rate. Struggling to fit in at school and at home, Lyndie tries to stay close to her best friend Dawn and the kindhearted D.B., a boy Dawn’s family is hosting from the nearby juvenile detention center, while also keeping a complicated tangle of secrets. The well-developed characters contain a realistic mix of charm and flaws, which makes their progress and setbacks feel especially affecting. Using Lyndie’s love of history as a vehicle to expose trauma and buried truths throughout the region (and ultimately within each individual), this moving, fast-paced story creates opportunities for discussion and for finding greater empathy.

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

In 1985 Lyndie and her parents move in with her grandparents in Love’s Forge, Tennessee, after her father, a Vietnam War veteran grappling with alcoholism, loses his job and her mother develops recurring headaches. Lyndie’s grandmother, Lady, has a firm view of what a “nice Southern family” should look like and vehemently tries to force hers into that mold while teaching Lyndie that loyalty means sticking to a schedule, behaving with decorum, and never betraying family secrets. These restrictions leave Lyndie feeling alienated and Lady feeling frustrated, with the family’s problems mounting at an alarming rate. Struggling to fit in at school and at home, Lyndie tries to stay close to her best friend Dawn and the kindhearted D.B., a boy Dawn’s family is hosting from the nearby juvenile detention center, while also keeping a complicated tangle of secrets. The well-developed characters contain a realistic mix of charm and flaws, which makes their progress and setbacks feel especially affecting. Using Lyndie’s love of history as a vehicle to expose trauma and buried truths throughout the region (and ultimately within each individual), this moving, fast-paced story creates opportunities for discussion and for finding greater empathy.

Grades 5-8
Realistic Fiction Middle Plus
For Grades 5-8

Stories with strong, relatable characters that portray believable contemporary or historical real-life experiences.

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