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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
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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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Newbery Honor, Michael Printz Award. RGG: Turn-of-the-century coastal Maine is the setting for a story about a teenage boy, the minister's son, confronting racism when he befriends a Black girl and stands up for what is right. The main characters are very engaging, but the story is not action-packed nor fast paced. Also more than one character close to the boy die. Based upon actual historical events.
  rgruberexcel | Aug 23, 2015 |
What a dad. I'd love to compare nad contrast this father to Schmidt's father in Wednesday Wars. Very different, even though I''d call them both differentiation from father books. This book has my favorite death scene in all of children's literature. It involves ginger ale. ( )
  KristinAkerHowell | Aug 15, 2015 |
What a dad. I'd love to compare nad contrast this father to Schmidt's father in Wednesday Wars. Very different, even though I''d call them both differentiation from father books. This book has my favorite death scene in all of children's literature. It involves ginger ale. ( )
  KristinAkerHowell | Aug 15, 2015 |
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 |
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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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