|Kathy Dawson Books (2019-03-26)|
|Books for very young children, children’s picture books & activity books|
THE TRUE HISTORY OF LYNDIE B. HAWKINS
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.
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.
Beyond the snappy voice that lights up this witty heartbreaker, you'll find a truly authentic portrayal of what it's like to live with a family member suffering from depression. In this case, Lyndie's father struggles with PTSD from a war, and yet the ways it affects Lyndie's close relationship with him will speak to anyone navigating the minefield that mental illness can create in a family.
This book is about letting go of shame and pride, keeping secrets, and taking action, and above all, empathybecause everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
Gail Shepherd received her creative M.A. from the University of Florida in poetry. She has collaborated on radio plays, written comic serial magazine stories, and published her own biweekly indie newspaper. She currently works in the K-12 education industry, supporting teachers and schools with training and technology. She is a fourth generation Floridian on her mother's side, and she lives in South Florida now with her little family, two dogs, and an awful lot of mosquitoes. The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins is her debut novel.
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