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Meet Gail Shepherd, author of “The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins”
Happy Tuesday everyone,
Reading with Your Kids is excited to celebrate the release of Gail Shepherd’s first middle-grade novel, THE TRUE HISTORY OF LYNDIE B. HAWKINS that is published today from Kathy Dawson/Penguin. A one-of-a-kind voice lights up this witty, heartwarming southern debut set in 1985 Tennessee about Lyndie B. Hawkins, daughter of a veteran, whose love of history, especially family history, puts her in direct opposition to her fusspot grandmother who’d rather keep secrets than get her son the help he needs.
Gail 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. The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins is her debut novel.
Join us for this fun-filled and educational episode of the Reading with Your Kids Podcast!
Learn more about Gail Shepherd
Gail Shepherd has been a food writer, a teacher, a poet, a book reviewer, an editor, and a journalist. She received her creative M.A. from the University of Florida in poetry. One of her first jobs was as a book reader for a paperback publisher in London. She has collaborated on radio plays, written comic serial fiction, and published her own biweekly indie newspaper. She has also worked 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 with her little family, her dogs, and an awful lot of mosquitoes. The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins is her debut novel.
Connect with Gail on:
Her website: www.gailshepherdauthor.com
More about “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.
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.
Link to purchase the book page: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/317784/the-true-history-of-lyndie-b-hawkins-by-gail-shepherd/
In this exciting interview
- You’ll be introduced to Gail Shepherd, a food writer, a teacher, a poet, a book reviewer, an editor, and a journalist.
- More about Gails’ debut middle grade novel The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins
- What inspired the idea for her book, the main characters, and the storyline
- What is it about writing for the middle-grade audience that Gail enjoys the most?
- We have reached the end of the Internation Women’s Month and how does Gail think that Lyndi will inspire the girls of her age?
- Gail discusses her future projects, places to connect with her online and much more.
A big thank you to Gail for joining us and for sharing her story!
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Hope you have a wonderful day and we’ll be back with plenty more (useful) in the upcoming episodes!
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