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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (original 2004; edition 2006)

by Gary D. Schmidt

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Title:Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
Authors:Gary D. Schmidt
Info:Yearling (2006), Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:teen fiction, young adult fiction, juvenile fiction, historical fiction, racism, friendship, outcasts, death, religion

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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt (2004)

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In my opinion, this is a decent book. It is a bit dry to get into at first, and lacks a bit of action in the beginning, but it does have a lot of good things to take away. First, there is A LOT of character growth and development, from Willis to Mrs. Cobb. The other thing that I like about it are the big issues that can initiate a lot of discussion, such as minority vs majority rights, and discrimination in general. The big picture of this book is acceptance and maturity. ( )
  jknuts1 | Oct 23, 2014 |
The topic of Malaga island is so tragic, so upsetting,that it seems a difficult one for children's literature to cover. Though there are some flaws, this author takes on the challenge quite well. There is a lot f annoying repetition and entirely too much unnecessary flowery language, but the story itself is solid and the characters are well-developed. ( )
  KRaySaulis | Aug 13, 2014 |
Lovely book about friendship and how hatred is truly a concept that is learned. ( )
  OliviaGarcia | Jul 24, 2014 |
Good read for younger children. Gives a great account of a young boy learning how wrong and horrible people can be to others just because of the color of their skin or an differences really. ( )
  melissapetty10 | Mar 14, 2014 |
In my opinion, this is a great book. I liked this book for many reasons, but two main points alone would have me recommending this novel. First, I liked the character development throughout the story. The development and transformation of Turner's father was my favorite in the story. In the beginning, he was just a preacher who did not listen to what his son had to say, but listened to the ignorance of the new town. However, throughout the story he says or does something that shows that there is more to him. I did not like Reverend Buckminster in the beginning of the story, but I grew to care about him by the end.
I also liked the little plot details that the author wrote. The last words of Mrs. Cobb had a little message hidden inside. Mrs. Cobb thought hard about what her last words are going to be and said something very figurative and deep. However, she realized she wasn't quite dead yet and her last words turned out to be something the complete opposite of what she wanted. This scene represented who Mrs. Cobb was. She spent her whole life going to church and singing hymns and fitting in with society, but it was not who she really was.
The main idea of this novel is that, like Turner, his father, and Mrs. Cobb, you sometimes need to push the norm aside and do what you believe is right and just. ( )
  ocosta1 | Feb 27, 2014 |
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For Virginia Buckley, who, like the sea breeze, urges us to our best shores.
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Turner Buckminster had lived in Phippsburg, Maine, for fifteen minutes shy of six hours.
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A minister's son moves with his family to a small Maine town in the early 1900s. He forms a friendship with a black girl from a nearby squatter community, and he and his family run afoul of the community when the town decides to evict the squatters and turn their land into a resort area.
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Not only is Turner Buckminster the son of the new minister in a small Maine town, he is shunned for playing baseball differently than the local boys. Then he befriends smart and lively Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from Malaga Island, a poor community founded by former slaves. Lizzie shows Turner a new world along the Maine coast from digging clams to rowing a boat next to a whale. When the powerful town elders, including Turner’s father, decide to drive the people off the island to set up a tourist business, Turner stands alone against them. He and Lizzie try to save her community, but there’s a terrible price to pay for going against the tide.

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In 1911, Turner Buckminster hates his new home of Phippsburg, Maine, but things improve when he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from a poor, nearby island community founded by former slaves that the town fathers--and Turner's--want to change into a tourist spot.… (more)

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