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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

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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.

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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. Author's note.

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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. Author's note.

"Gloriously figurative language...brilliantly evokes both time and place...both beautiful and emotionally honest, both funny and piercingly sad." Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"a powerful tale of friendship and coming-of-age...haunting combination of fact and fiction has a powerful and tragic climax." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"an evocative novel...with fully developed, memorable characters...fascinating, little-known piece of history...will leave a powerful impression on readers." School Library Journal, Starred

"Schmidt fictionalizes a true event... vividly realized...fully credible...subtly drawn." THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

"historical incident ignites a rich novel...a drama that examines the best and worst of humanity." HORN BOOK Horn Book

Gary D. Schmidt is the author of the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. His most recent novel is The Wednesday Wars. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547350059
Publisher:
Clarion Books
Subject:
Historical - United States - General
Author:
Gary D. Schmidt
Author:
Schmidt, Gary D.
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Subject:
Social Situations - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Historical
Subject:
Progress
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Moving, Household
Subject:
Clergy
Subject:
Maine
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Audio Books-Children s
Subject:
Audio Books-Children s Young Adult
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 20th Century
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. General
Subject:
Children s-Newbery Award Winners
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-Newbery Award Winners
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Newbery Award Winners
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Prejudice and Racism
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Korean
Subject:
Children s-Michael L. Printz Award Winners
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Historical - United States - General
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : People & Places - United States - African
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues - Friendship
Publication Date:
May 2004
Binding:
eBooks
Grade Level:
5-9
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Age Level:
10-14

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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. Author's note.

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