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Friend was the gruesome diseases of Civil War soldiers and where her Hawkins ancestors built log houses near her home town of Love’s Forge Tennessee But when it comes to her Ma and Daddy her knowledge is full of holes Nobody talks about what happened to her veteran Daddy during the Vietnam war and why he. Good gravy The True History of Lyndie B Hawkins is an incredible read Gail s prose is witty beyond belief and not in a slapstick kind of way It s of a Celeste Ng kind of wit where it gets you right in the gut and you re snort laughing and waking everyone up in the house But this book isn t just a funny tale It deals with PTSD grief alcoholism family and friendship in a heart wrenching look at everything from war to foster care and the many and varied ways we can all hurt and heal one another Honestly I am recommending this book to every single parent I know With snapshots of Lyndie s real history it provides an unflinching look at life when family isn t perfect and enough heartache VELVET and laughter The Holyrollercoaster in ScriptureLand I was screaming to help anyone get through Electing Judges up in the house But this book isn t just a funny tale It deals with PTSD grief alcoholism family and friendship in a heart wrenching look at everything from war to foster care and the many and varied ways we can all hurt and heal one another Honestly I am recommending this book to every single parent I know With snapshots of Lyndie s real history it provides an Encounters with Rauschenberg unflinching look at life when family isn t perfect and enough heartache VELVET and laughter The Holyrollercoaster in ScriptureLand I was screaming to help anyone get through

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“came home different” or why her Ma stays locked in her room for days or how come they had to sell the house Lyndie grew up in and move in with her strict grandparents And Lyndie’s grandma Lady is determined to mold Lyndie into a “nice” southern girl who knows how to keep uiet about family secrets. Richie s Picks THE TRUE HISTORY OF LYNDIE B HAWKINS by Gail Shepherd Penguin Random HouseKathy Dawson Books March 2019 304p ISBN 978 0 525 42845 9 Anger is a response that you learned early in life to help you cope with pain The only thing true and indisputable when you feel angry is that you are in pain and trying to do something about it Expressing anger temporarily helps you overcome feelings of helplessness and lack of control But it disrupts relationships and makes you feel even helpless and out of control a vicious cycle There are many ways to discharge high levels of stress besides anger Some of them are healthy some are destructive from WHEN ANGER HURTS UIETING THE STORM WITHIN by Matthew McKay PhD et al 2003 We had no cameras To shoot the landscapeWe passed the hash pipe And played our Doors tapesAnd it was darkSo dark at nightAnd we held onto each other Like brother to brotherWe promised our mothers we d writeAnd we would all go down together Billy Joel Goodnight Saigon 1982 Mean Miss Smitty marches over holding a stack of math tests reeking of mimeograph ink She s glaring at me Obviously I m going to have to really buckle down if I want Miss Smitty to forgive my truancy Lyndon The pastor will see you He s on the phone now with your grandmother She pauses to let the horror of this sink in You can go in when he s finished DB we need to get you a Covenant Academy uniform We have strict regulations About hair too She scrutinizes DB with no evidence of any goodwill The earring will have to go she says You might as well take it off now And denim is a forbidden fabric She stalks off and rummages around in her desk A forbidden fabric DB chortles I like the whole notion of that He tosses a red jujube into the air and catches it in his mouth So what s DB stand for Damned Brilliant He fiddles with his earring takes it off drops it in his jacket pocket Not much evidence of that yet I say More like Dingle Berry Very funny What s it stand for then Disturbed Boy Oh Well I was thinking you seem sort of well adjusted Considering It s a ruse he says shrugging He peels off his blue jean jacket and folds it neatly over the back of his chair He s wearing a T shirt printed with the words Frankie Says RelaxDB darts a glance around the office and lowers his voice So what do I need to know about Covenant Academy Other than what fabrics are forbidden What Dawn didn t fill you in Dawn loves school I need the uick and dirty In the fall of 1985 in Love s Forge Tennessee seventh grade history buff Lyndie B Hawkins is spinning out of control Her Vietnam vet father has lost his job and his behavior is becoming and erratic and dangerous Her former war protesting mother has been locking herself in her room complaining of headaches Her parents are forced to sell their house and the three of them move in with Lyndie s paternal grandparents As her father reminds her Lyndie and her grandmother Lady have butted heads from the first time she held you and you puked on her new dress On the positive side Lyndie will be living close to her longtime best friend Dawn Spurlock But she and Dawn haven t been close lately and now Dawn s family is fostering a juvenile delinuent for the school yearIt turns out that that juvenile delinuent DB is in desperate straits He d accidentally lit his former foster family s house on fire and he s since been incarcerated in Pure Visions Reform Academy a juvenile reform facility that has repeatedly been under investigation because of teens dying there He is attempting to be a perfect student and a perfect guest so that he can somehow manage to avoid returning to the dangerous reform school Both Lyndie and DB are under incredible levels of stress Paired up in their Advanced English class for a term project they will learn secrets about one another that can never be shared in their final presentations Meanwhile Lyndie and Lady go at it on a daily basis as Lyndie s father descends into a hell of alcohol and what we today refer to as post traumatic stress disorder In response to being taunted Lyndie gets angry enough to break a classmate s noseIn a preface that makes so much sense by time you ve reached the end of the book Lyndie muses about honorable lying What is one to do when torn between loyalty to family and facing up to ugly truths that could tear your family to shredsMix together a damaged vet a hound dog an injured fawn some shoofly pie an elderly lawyer a couple of cops a champion kickboxer a good hearted delinuent a hot headed young woman and a couple of jaw dropping surprises and you have one of those books that will keep you up way way past your bedtime dying to know how it is all going to turn out Richie Partington MLISRichie s Picks Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, up in and move in with her strict grandparents And Lyndie’s grandma Lady is determined to mold Lyndie into a “nice” southern girl who knows how to keep We uiet about family secrets. Richie s Picks THE TRUE HISTORY OF LYNDIE B HAWKINS by Gail Shepherd Penguin Random HouseKathy Dawson Books March 2019 304p ISBN 978 0 525 42845 9 Anger is a response that you learned early in life to help you cope with pain The only thing true and indisputable when you feel angry is that you are in pain and trying to do something about it Expressing anger temporarily helps you overcome feelings of helplessness and lack of control But it disrupts relationships and makes you feel even helpless and out of control a vicious cycle There are many ways to discharge high levels of stress besides anger Some of them are healthy some are destructive from WHEN ANGER HURTS UIETING THE STORM WITHIN by Matthew McKay PhD et al 2003 We had no cameras To shoot the landscapeWe passed the hash pipe And played our Doors tapesAnd it was darkSo dark at nightAnd we held onto each other Like brother to brotherWe promised our mothers we d writeAnd we would all go down together Billy Joel Goodnight Saigon 1982 Mean Miss Smitty marches over holding a stack of math tests reeking of mimeograph ink She s glaring at me Obviously I m going to have to really buckle down if I want Miss Smitty to forgive my truancy Lyndon The pastor will see you He s on the phone now with your grandmother She pauses to let the horror of this sink in You can go in when he s finished DB we need to get you a Covenant Academy The Moon Platoon (Space Runners, uniform We have strict regulations About hair too She scrutinizes DB with no evidence of any goodwill The earring will have to go she says You might as well take it off now And denim is a forbidden fabric She stalks off and rummages around in her desk A forbidden fabric DB chortles I like the whole notion of that He tosses a red jujube into the air and catches it in his mouth So what s DB stand for Damned Brilliant He fiddles with his earring takes it off drops it in his jacket pocket Not much evidence of that yet I say More like Dingle Berry Very funny What s it stand for then Disturbed Boy Oh Well I was thinking you seem sort of well adjusted Considering It s a ruse he says shrugging He peels off his blue jean jacket and folds it neatly over the back of his chair He s wearing a T shirt printed with the words Frankie Says RelaxDB darts a glance around the office and lowers his voice So what do I need to know about Covenant Academy Other than what fabrics are forbidden What Dawn didn t fill you in Dawn loves school I need the The Echo (The Anomaly Quartet, uick and dirty In the fall of 1985 in Love s Forge Tennessee seventh grade history buff Lyndie B Hawkins is spinning out of control Her Vietnam vet father has lost his job and his behavior is becoming and erratic and dangerous Her former war protesting mother has been locking herself in her room complaining of headaches Her parents are forced to sell their house and the three of them move in with Lyndie s paternal grandparents As her father reminds her Lyndie and her grandmother Lady have butted heads from the first time she held you and you puked on her new dress On the positive side Lyndie will be living close to her longtime best friend Dawn Spurlock But she and Dawn haven t been close lately and now Dawn s family is fostering a juvenile delinuent for the school yearIt turns out that that juvenile delinuent DB is in desperate straits He d accidentally lit his former foster family s house on fire and he s since been incarcerated in Pure Visions Reform Academy a juvenile reform facility that has repeatedly been The Asset (Wounded Warrior under investigation because of teens dying there He is attempting to be a perfect student and a perfect guest so that he can somehow manage to avoid returning to the dangerous reform school Both Lyndie and DB are Shadow of Doubt (Newpointe 911, under incredible levels of stress Paired Amazing Discoveries That Unlock the Bible up in their Advanced English class for a term project they will learn secrets about one another that can never be shared in their final presentations Meanwhile Lyndie and Lady go at it on a daily basis as Lyndie s father descends into a hell of alcohol and what we today refer to as post traumatic stress disorder In response to being taunted Lyndie gets angry enough to break a classmate s noseIn a preface that makes so much sense by time you ve reached the end of the book Lyndie muses about honorable lying What is one to do when torn between loyalty to family and facing The Ruminator up to Infamous ugly truths that could tear your family to shredsMix together a damaged vet a hound dog an injured fawn some shoofly pie an elderly lawyer a couple of cops a champion kickboxer a good hearted delinuent a hot headed young woman and a couple of jaw dropping surprises and you have one of those books that will keep you Comfort of a Man up way way past your bedtime dying to know how it is all going to turn out Richie Partington MLISRichie s Picks

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Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing aboutA history loving girl Lyndon Baines Hawkins's relentless search for the truth puts her in direct opposition to her fusspot grandmother’s need to keep up appearances Lyndie knows lots about history she can tell you who President Lincoln’s best. With the help of her favorite librarian Lyndie B Hawkins devours Civil War history and she is starting to realize that some of the things in her history book are not exactly true And as much as she knows about the history of her home town Love s Forge Tennessee she is in the dark about what is going on with her dad She knows that he keeps drinking from the bottle he has hidden in his glove compartment that her mom spends most of the day sleeping and that they had to move in with her judge y grandmother Lady after Dad lost his job But why Fortunately Lyndie s friend Dawn is always there for her This year though Dawn s family has taken in a boy their age DB who might be trouble and seems to be taking up Dawn s time and attention If only she could talk to Dawn about everything that is going on She can t though because prim and proper Lady insists that nobody needs to know their businessI enjoyed the growing friendship between Lyndie and DB They re smart kids and their conversations were clever I also enjoyed Dawn s loyalty to Lyndie She remained steadfast although it was not always easyLyndie s dad was a Viet Nam veteran suffering from PTSD His behavior became increasingly dangerous and self destructive While some middle grade readers need to see their experiences reflected in literature others might be upset by these scenes Electing Judges up appearances Lyndie knows lots about history she can tell you who President Lincoln’s best. With the help of her favorite librarian Lyndie B Hawkins devours Civil War history and she is starting to realize that some of the things in her history book are not exactly true And as much as she knows about the history of her home town Love s Forge Tennessee she is in the dark about what is going on with her dad She knows that he keeps drinking from the bottle he has hidden in his glove compartment that her mom spends most of the day sleeping and that they had to move in with her judge y grandmother Lady after Dad lost his job But why Fortunately Lyndie s friend Dawn is always there for her This year though Dawn s family has taken in a boy their age DB who might be trouble and seems to be taking Encounters with Rauschenberg up Dawn s time and attention If only she could talk to Dawn about everything that is going on She can t though because prim and proper Lady insists that nobody needs to know their businessI enjoyed the growing friendship between Lyndie and DB They re smart kids and their conversations were clever I also enjoyed Dawn s loyalty to Lyndie She remained steadfast although it was not always easyLyndie s dad was a Viet Nam veteran suffering from PTSD His behavior became increasingly dangerous and self destructive While some middle grade readers need to see their experiences reflected in literature others might be Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries upset by these scenes


About the Author: Gail Shepherd

I’ve known I wanted to be a writer since I was nine years old and authored our school Thanksgiving play—“Poor Mr Turkey” But the road to actually publishing a novel has been long and winding I’ve been a food writer a teacher a poet a book reviewer an editor a columnist One of my first jobs was as a reader for a paperback publisher in London I also published an independent newspaper with



10 thoughts on “The True History of Lyndie B Hawkins

  1. says:

    “I think the truth is a place you can only move toward like walking toward the horizon Even though you know you’ll never get all the way th

  2. says:

    With the help of her favorite librarian Lyndie B Hawkins devours Civil War history and she is starting to realize that some of the things in her history book are not exactly true And as much as she knows about the history of her home town Love's Forge Tennessee she is in the dark about what is going on with her dad She knows that he keeps drinking from the bottle he has hidden in his glove compartment that her mom spends most of t

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    Review is of an advanced reader copyThere has been a recent spate of middle grade novels about the Vietnam War Add The True History of Lyndie B Hawkins to that growing list Unlike the other books I have read Lyndie's story occurs over a decade after the war Set in Tennessee in 1985 author Gail Shepherd writes a

  4. says:

    Have your parents ever experienced adult problems that you just don't understand? Have you ever felt frustrated by being left in the dark when it comes to your family issues? Lyndie B Hawkins is just such issues and she is about to

  5. says:

    ARC provided by the publisherLyndie is not happy that she has to move into her grandparents' house along with her mother and father in 1985 Her father has lost his job under circumstances she doesn't understand and seems to be drinking than h

  6. says:

    Good gravy The True History of Lyndie B Hawkins is an incredible read Gail's prose is witty beyond belief and not in a slapstick kind of way It's of a Celeste Ng kind of wit where it gets you right in the gut and you're snort laughing and waking everyone up in the house But this book isn't just a funny tale It deals with PTSD grief alcoholism family and friendship in a heart wrenching look at everything from war to foster care and the many

  7. says:

    Richie’s Picks THE TRUE HISTORY OF LYNDIE B HAWKINS by Gail Shepherd Penguin Random HouseKathy Dawson Books March 2019 304p ISBN 978 0 525 42845 9“Anger is a response that you learned early in life to help you cope with pain”“The only thing true and indisputable when you feel angry is that you are in pain and trying to do something about it”“Expressing anger temporarily helps you overcome feelings of helples

  8. says:

    Lyndon Baines Hawkins lives in Love's Forge Tennessee and is surrounded by history She is about to turn twelve a

  9. says:

    An extraordinary book that proves over and over just what can be accomplished in middle grade Lyndie's life isn't easy She has to navigate aroun

  10. says:

    It's hard to believe Gail Shepherd is a debut novelist This book is written with such skill and grace surely she's written a slew of others before it The title heroine could not be engaging or endearing as she navigates her way through a confusing world of truths and lies often finding herself trapped between the two Even as she struggles to make tough choices her heart is always in the right place Both the heroine and her story will stay w

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