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The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
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A fresh and funny story about a boy learning to become the brave hero of his own life, perfect for fans of Counting by 7s and The Fourteenth Goldfish.

My secret life is filled with psychic vampires, wheelchair zombies, chain-rattlin' ghosts, and a one-eyed cat. But they're nothing compared to my real-life stalker: a sixth-grade girl named Kandi Kain. . . .

Lincoln Jones is always working on the latest story he's got going in his notebook. Those stories are his refuge. A place where the hero always prevails and the bad guy goes to jail. Real life is messy and complicated, so Lincoln sticks to fiction and keeps to himself. Which works fine until a nosy girl at his new school starts prying into his private business. She wants to know what he's writing, where he disappears to after school, and why he never talks to anybody. . . .

The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones is a terrifically funny and poignant story about a boy finding the courage to get to know the real characters all around him—and to let them know him.
Praise for The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones:

Winner of the Josette Frank Award
"Van Draanen's engaging story is characterized by clever writing, a palpable affection for her characters, and a deep understanding of what's important about life. Readers will love Lincoln Jones."—Kirkus Reviews
"Van Draanen skillfully wraps up her tale, offering a realistically happy ending. A story with a perfect balance of mirth and poignancy." — School Library Journal
"Lincoln is a delightful narrator." — Booklist
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Wendelin Van Draanen. (2016). The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones. Random House Children's Books.

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      • bioText: Wendelin Van Draanen is the author of many beloved and award-winning books. For middle graders, she's written Swear to Howdy and the Sammy Keyes mystery series. For teens and tweens, there's Flipped, The Running Dream, Confessions of a Serial Kisser, and Runaway. And for younger readers, check out the Shredderman quartet and the Gecko and Sticky series. Wendelin Van Draanen lives in Central California with her husband and two sons. Find her on the Web at WendelinVanDraanen.com or on Twitter: @WendelinVanD.
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A fresh and funny story about a boy learning to become the brave hero of his own life, perfect for fans of Counting by 7s and The Fourteenth Goldfish.

My secret life is filled with psychic vampires, wheelchair zombies, chain-rattlin' ghosts, and a one-eyed cat. But they're nothing compared to my real-life stalker: a sixth-grade girl named Kandi Kain. . . .

Lincoln Jones is always working on the latest story he's got going in his notebook. Those stories are his refuge. A place where the hero always prevails and the bad guy goes to jail. Real life is messy and complicated, so Lincoln sticks to fiction and keeps to himself. Which works fine until a nosy girl at his new school starts prying into his private business. She wants to know what he's writing, where he disappears to after school, and why he never talks to anybody. . . .

The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones is a terrifically funny and poignant story about a boy finding the courage to get to know the real characters all around him—and to let them know him.
Praise for The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones:

Winner of the Josette Frank Award
"Van Draanen's engaging story is characterized by clever writing, a palpable affection for her characters, and a deep understanding of what's important about life. Readers will love Lincoln Jones."—Kirkus Reviews
"Van Draanen skillfully wraps up her tale, offering a realistically happy ending. A story with a perfect balance of mirth and poignancy." — School Library Journal
"Lincoln is a delightful narrator." — Booklist
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        Eleven-year-old Lincoln has several secrets: the stories he writes in his notebook, his cross-country move with his mother to escape her abusive boyfriend, and the home for people with memory loss and dementia where his mother works (and where Lincoln hangs out after school). Lincoln, who thinks of the residents as “the crazies,” is mortified at the thought of his classmates discovering where he spends his time—he’s already an outcast and a bullying target. But one outspoken classmate, the memorably named Kandi Kane, takes a persistent interest in him and as Lincoln gets to know the group home’s residents better, he begins to see that he isn’t the only one with secrets and stories. Van Draanen (the Sammy Keyes series) effectively portrays the frustrations of aging and memory loss through a mix of humor, sharp-eyed observations, and the compassion of Lincoln’s mother and her colleagues. Lincoln is relatable in his flaws and insecurities, and the story’s supporting characters are equally well-developed. It’s a moving coming-of-age story about creating new and unexpected connections. Ages 8–12. Agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown.

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        Eleven-year-old Lincoln Jones has seen a lot in his time and is struggling to make sense of it all and still fit in in sixth grade. Almost a year ago, Lincoln escaped with his mother from her abusive boyfriend and moved from the South to a new town where people don't drawl and an apartment with sagging floors, no heat, and a dying stranger next door. Now he's the new boy at school, suffering taunts on the playground and the school bus. At Brookside nursing home, where his mother works and where he spends a lot of time, he witnesses food fights, a naked dancing woman, a zombie in a wheelchair, a vampire who seems to be killing off her roommates, and illness and death. It's enough to make him retreat into his comic books and made-up stories of superheroes, but he comes to realize who the real heroes in his life are and that "real folks around me had stories I'd been completely blind to." With the help of a nosy girl, a newfound friend, and a school writing assignment, he begins to find his place in the world. Van Draanen's engaging story is characterized by clever writing (narrator Lincoln drops his G's), a palpable affection for her characters, and a deep understanding of what's important about life. Characters' races go unspecified, leaving readers to make their own inferences. Readers will love Lincoln Jones. (Fiction. 8-12)

        COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Gr 4-6-The author of the successful "Sammy Keyes" series introduces sixth grade narrator Lincoln. He and his mother have fled her abusive boyfriend and live in poverty as she tries to pay back her savior sister with the small salary she earns as an aide in a dementia facility. Since Lincoln is legally not allowed to be left alone, he usually meets his mother at work after school and weekends, where he's badgered by confused residents and witnesses multiple deaths. There's little escape at school, where he's bullied because of his Southern accent and aversion to sports. Top it all off with a brassy girl named Kandi Kain, who's annoyingly obsessed with him. Luckily, Lincoln uses his artistic imagination, which is "as wide as it is deep," to escape with fantastic stories that mesh with reality. That reality becomes more bearable as the family settle in. They befriend a homeless man and a hoarding neighbor and learn that Lincoln's classmate's grandmother is a resident of the facility. Best of all, they use humor to alleviate tough times, such as when they secretly nickname a woman "The Vampire" because a string of her roommates suddenly die, and they come to appreciate the joyous singing of Brookside's elderly nudist. The seniors' Thanksgiving food fight is a hoot, and Van Draanen skillfully wraps up her tale in a loop to the beginning, offering a realistically happy ending. VERDICT The large cast leaves one wishing to know more about certain characters, but this is a story with a perfect balance of mirth and poignancy. A fine purchase for larger collections.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

        Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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My secret life is filled with psychic vampires, wheelchair zombies, chain-rattlin' ghosts, and a one-eyed cat. But they're nothing compared to my real-life stalker: a sixth-grade girl named Kandi Kain. . . .

Lincoln Jones is always working on the latest story he's got going in his notebook. Those stories are his refuge. A place where the hero always prevails and the bad guy goes to jail. Real life is messy and complicated, so Lincoln sticks to fiction and keeps to himself. Which works fine until a nosy girl at his new school starts prying into his private business. She wants to know what he's writing, where he disappears to after school, and why he never talks to anybody. . . .

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