The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd audiobook

The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins

By Gail Shepherd
Read by Sandy Rustin

Recorded Books, Inc. 9780525428459
6.18 Hours Unabridged
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A one-of-a-kind voice lights up this witty, heartwarming debut set in 1985 Tennessee about the power of homespun wisdom (even when it's wrong), the clash between appearances and secrets, and the barriers to getting help even when it's needed most. 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. Then DB, a boy from the local juvenile detention center comes to stay with Lyndie's best friend, Dawn. He's as friendly and open as a puppy. There to shape up his act, he has an optimism that's infectious. But it puts Lyndie in direct opposition to her grandmother who'd rather keep up appearances than get her son the help he needs.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A one-of-a-kind voice lights up this witty, heartwarming debut set in 1985 Tennessee about the power of homespun wisdom (even when it's wrong), the clash between appearances and secrets, and the barriers to getting help even when it's needed most. 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. Then DB, a boy from the local juvenile detention center comes to stay with Lyndie's best friend, Dawn. He's as friendly and open as a puppy. There to shape up his act, he has an optimism that's infectious. But it puts Lyndie in direct opposition to her grandmother who'd rather keep up appearances than get her son the help he needs.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Readers will lose their hearts to this sassy and aching heroine. Full of Southern toughness and mountain charm, her fierce and funny voice fills the pages with fine storytelling. This hope-filled book is a beautiful picture of broken humanity, a storytelling wonder.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Lyndie’s narration is frank and funny, but it’s her love of research and history that sets her apart.” Booklist (starred review)
“Moves at a quick pace…Noteworthy for its strong narrative voice and dramatic character development…with unflinching honesty and humor.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Narrator Sandy Rustin portrays the innocence of eleven-year-old Lyndie B. Hawkins and her puzzlement over the adults in her life. Rustin vividly depicts Lyndie’s memories of the idyllic life she once had with her father, a Vietnam vet, and her mother, a pacifist…School portraits are just as vivid as Rustin depicts Lyndie’s shifting relationship with her lifelong friend, Dawn, and with the reform-school boy whom Dawn’s family is fostering. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Gail Shepherd

Author Bio: Gail Shepherd

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.18
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English