Here Lies Linc

“Ray's tale, which centers around a real legend, strikes the perfect balance of humor, realistic chills and near-teen angst. Linc's problems with his eccentric mother, their shared grief over his father's unexpected death, and Linc's trials at school are expertly woven….”

Kirkus Reviews

Graveyards can be scary and sinister places indeed, but to twelve-year-old Lincoln Crenshaw, they’re practically home. His absentminded-professor mother, Lottie, is an expert in the history of burial customs. Which means that year after year, Linc’s been dragged to more cemeteries than he can remember.

But this year is going to be different. Linc’s leaving his tiny private school and starting public school, and he’s determined to be just a normal kid with a normal social life. And everything goes according to plan until he gets his first research assignment: a mandatory class trip . . . to the local cemetery . . . to study graves.

Then everything changes. As Linc unearths the truth about a grave that local legend claims is cursed, he starts to unravel secrets about his own family. Big secrets. Life-changing secrets. In Here Lies Linc, Delia Ray has crafted a spirited, witty, and charmingly original adventure about embracing family—past and present, living and deceased.


A Junior Library Guild Selection (Fall 2011)

Friends of American Writers Juvenile Literature Award, 2012

Maryland's Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee, 2012-13

Iowa Children's Choice Award Nominee, 2013-14

Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee, 2014-15

“[A] suspenseful though warmhearted tale of family intrigue.”
—School Library Journal

“Ray's characters are quirky and relatable, with genuine emotions—even the book's villain.”
—The Horn Book