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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. 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 about a young girl name d for President Lyndon Baines Johnson with a penchant for history particularly in regards to the Civil War When Lyndie s father loses his job the family is forced to move in with her grandparents Under the watchful eye of her overbearing grandmother Lyndie longs for life prior to the move Before her father s drinking was out of control For a time when she was still best buds with classmate Dawn back when her biggest concern was collecting Civil War memorabiliaAs Lyndie s world seems to turn topsy turvy she struggles to figure out whether family loyalty truly means harboring secrets or if sharing less than flattering details may mean a healthier fuller life for those she loves Part coming of age novel part historical fiction this book features a rather unusual protagonist with a rather unusual name with highly relatable feelings The Teams Milking Cow 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. Review is A Wolfs Desire Reluctant Mates of an advanced reader copyThere has been a recent spate Via Suez (British): Blue Funnel Line (Merchant Navy Series Book 3) of middle grade novels about the Vietnam War Add The True History Zenith of Lyndie B Hawkins to that growing list Unlike the A Pale Light in the Black other books I have read Lyndie s story Signaler un problème occurs Devil Versus Alpha The Millennium Wolves over a decade after the war Set in Tennessee in 1985 author Gail Shepherd writes about a young girl name d for President Lyndon Baines Johnson with a penchant for history particularly in regards to the Civil War When Lyndie s father loses his job the family is forced to move in with her grandparents Under the watchful eye Spieserye of her Feral overbearing grandmother Lyndie longs for life prior to the move Before her father s drinking was Krismis van Map Jacobs out Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods of control For a time when she was still best buds with classmate Dawn back when her biggest concern was collecting Civil War memorabiliaAs Lyndie s world seems to turn topsy turvy she struggles to figure Crust From Sourdough Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta Bagels and Brioche out whether family loyalty truly means harboring secrets Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, or if sharing less than flattering details may mean a healthier fuller life for those she loves Part coming Mensa Riddles Conundrums of age novel part historical fiction this book features a rather unusual protagonist with a rather unusual name with highly relatable feelings

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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. 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 her grandmother Lady would deem wise Her mother who normally takes great pride in gardening prefers to stay in bed Lyndie has to head back to her private school that s where nice girls go says Lady where she has a good friend in Dawn whose family is heavily involved in doing good works Right before school on the very first day Lyndie finds an injured fawn and takes it to the family barn to help it which does not get her year off to a good start She ends up in detention where she meets DB the boy Dawn s family is fostering DB has had to leave his last foster home under sad circumstances and doesn t really understand the social s of Love s Forge Tennessee School is hard enough but Lyndie s biggest concern is her father s increasingly erratic behavior He had fought in Vietnam before Lyndie was born and has long struggled with the after effects of that but the recent suicide death of an army buddy has made these problems worse Her grandmother s controlling presence and her mother s disengagement don t help and Lyndie soon realizes that she is not able to save her father in the way she was able to save the fawn and that professional help is needed Strengths It was refreshing to see a book where troubled parents have a support network and are remanded to professional help even if Lady doesn t approve of itSo many middle grade books show dysfunctional families and completely fail to model good ways to deal with situations The different story lines meld well together and the auxiliary characters are interesting Poor Dawn and her knitting The topic of PTSD is a timely one and there are few novels about it DB s delinuency and foster placements are realistic and add another dimension to the understanding of how PTSD can affect families Weaknesses I ve been lately thinking about how different the 1980s were from today and there were few historical details I would have almost preferred the story be set in the modern day While the level of details in Hood s She Loves You are exemplary there s something to be said for inclusion of details about food clothing technology current events and popular media to set a story firmly in a time periodWhat I really think This has a good cover and I need stories about military families so I will purchase this for next year

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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. Lyndon Baines Hawkins lives in Love s Forge Tennessee and is surrounded by history She is about to turn twelve and has a burning need to get the historical details right She takes seriously the uote by Harry Truman inside the Love s Forge History Museum that says The only thing new in the world is the history you don t know The location allows for exploration of the Civil War and the time setting 1985 expands the scope to include the Vietnam War as Lyndie and many of her friends are the children of veterans One of her favorite people is Mrs Dooley the librarian who helps her look up primary sources Since this is the 80 s the research is done primarily through books and microfiche No Google searches here This book not only addresses the family strife from dealing with the fallout of serving in Vietnam but also takes on the foster system and manages to include some kickboxing knitting and baking I loved it and highly recommend itThe thing is I say desperately you can never be totally sure of the effect what you do or say will have If you re in the middle of something you can t see how it all fits together You never know until after when you look back That s the whole point of learning history Lyndon Baines Hawkins


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 there”So says Lyndie B Hawkins the uick tempered uick witted and completely endearing main

  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

  3. says:

    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 about a young girl name d for President Lyndon Baines Johnson with a penchant for history particularl

  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

  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

  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 gri

  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 tr

  8. says:

    Lyndon Baines Hawkins lives in Love's Forge Tennessee and is surrounded by history She is about to turn twelve and has a burning need to get the historical details right She takes seriously the uote by Harry Truman inside the Love's Forge History Museum that says The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know The location all

  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 around and through friends and family who don't always make the road easy Her parents are suffering deeply; and her grandmother Lady values the Hawkins's privacy above all else And that discon

  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 throug

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