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It only takes a few hours for Turner Buckminster to start hating Phippsburg, Maine. No one in town will let him forget that he's a minister's son, even if he doesn't act like one. But then he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart and sassy girl from a poor nearby island community founded by former slaves. Despite his father's — and the town's — disapproval of their friendship, Turner spends time with Lizzie, and it opens up a whole new world to him, filled with the mystery and wonder of Maine's rocky coast.

The two soon discover that the town elders, along with Turner's father, want to force the people to leave Lizzie's island so that Phippsburg can start a lucrative tourist trade there. Turner gets caught up in a spiral of disasters that alter his life — but also lead him to new levels of acceptance and maturity.

This sensitively written historical novel, based on the true story of a community's destruction, highlights a unique friendship during a time of change.

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"Schmidt's writing is infused with feeling and rich in imagery. With fully developed, memorable characters....This novel will leave a powerful impression on readers." School Library Journal

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"A powerful tale of friendship and coming-of-age, adding a lyrical sense of the coastal landscape." Booklist

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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 Turners 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 theres a terrible price to pay for going against the tide.

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Gary D. Schmidt has written several novels for children and young adults. He lives in Alto, Michigan.

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bookbugbabe, March 15, 2008 (view all comments by bookbugbabe)
Schmidt writes a moving story of two best friends sticking together despite the supposed inappropriateness of their friendship. Schmidt has a power with words to create emotionally charged descriptions of Maine. The story tells of a young boy, Turner Buckminster, who finds himself an outsider in a new town. The town expects him to behave just like a minister's son, but Turner daily finds himself in new situations unbefitting a minister's son. Schmidt leaves the reader wanting more with each turn of the page and always provides a thrilling, hilarious, or touching moment. Particularly those between Turner and his best friend, Lizzie Griffin, who lives on the nearby Malaga Island, an island founded by freed slaves. This book is perfect for those young adults looking for a character who stands up for what is right, even when those who are wrong include his own father.
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ISBN:
9780553494952
Author:
Schmidt, Gary D.
Publisher:
Yearling Books
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical - United States - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Moving, Household
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Historical
Subject:
Clergy
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Situations / Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 20th Century
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.62x5.26x.55 in. .34 lbs.
Age Level:
10-12

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Product details 224 pages Yearling Books - English 9780553494952 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Schmidt's writing is infused with feeling and rich in imagery. With fully developed, memorable characters....This novel will leave a powerful impression on readers."
"Review" by , "A powerful tale of friendship and coming-of-age, adding a lyrical sense of the coastal landscape."
"Synopsis" by , 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 Turners 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 theres a terrible price to pay for going against the tide.
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