Lizzie Bright And The Buckminster Boy

Lizzie Bright And The Buckminster Boy

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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.
ISBN: 9780553494952
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB BAG Schmidt Lizzie

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gomez7
Aug 12, 2017

An excellent book. Keeps your interest through every page.
The story is about a minister's boy & his parents who move from Boston to a small town up maine. The story and characters are multi-faceted, events are constantly changing, sometimes beautiful and filled with love, sometimes sad and filled with avarice - just like life.
Odd to say, one thing that I liked about the book was that some of the unpleasant things that happened were not fixable. Life, and the Buckminster boy, moved on.
A Newbery honor & ALA michael printz award book.

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ottelizabethm
Jul 19, 2016

Beautifully written coming of age story set in Maine just after the turn of the century that addresses serious issues (racial discrimination, evolution, and murder).

jgldstn3 May 28, 2015

I felt this was very touching.

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GLNovak
Dec 17, 2014

I really enjoyed reading this book, especially the descriptions of the environs, the cheeky sea breeze, the peaking moon, the ribbons of fog. Also, enjoyable was being privy to the thoughts of Turner Buckminster, the preacher's son wrenched out of Boston to go and live in a small town on the Maine shore. It is 1912 and the prestigious townsmen want the squatter families on Malaga Island removed from the area to make it more inviting for tourists. Turner meets Lizzie, a black girl from the island, and they strike a close bond. The writing carries you along and together the plot and the descriptions make the story a full rounded experience. I know this is for twelve-year-olds and up but think the younger end of the scale will need a bit of persuading to read this as it is a bit too slow paced and thoughtful for their taste. Joint reading with a parent explaining some things might be good. Older teens who like expressive writing will enjoy this.

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srahman213
Jun 19, 2012

This book is really nice, and it really lets you know how cruel people can sometimes be in pursuit of money.

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ottelizabethm
Jul 19, 2016

ottelizabethm thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99

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ottelizabethm
Jul 19, 2016

“The world turns and the world spins, the tide runs in and the tide runs out, and there is nothing in the world more beautiful and more wonderful in all its evolved forms than two souls who look at each other straight on. And there is nothing more woeful and soul-saddening than when they are parted...everything in the world rejoices in the touch, and everything in the world laments in the losing.”

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