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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

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Awards

A 2005 Newbery Honor Book

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Schmidt's writing is infused with feeling and rich in imagery. With fully developed, memorable characters and a fascinating, little-known piece of history, this novel will leave a powerful impression on readers." School Library Journal

Review:

"Schmidt takes his time with his tale, spinning gloriously figurative language that brilliantly evokes both pace and emotion....[T]he telling is both beautiful and emotionally honest, both funny and piercingly sad." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Readers of this sensitive novel, based on the 1912 destruction of an island and the powerful kinship and courage of Turner and Lizzie, hear a strong message about hope and despair in race relations." Children's Literature

Synopsis:

Set in 1912 Maine, this historical novel is based on the true story of a community's destruction. No one in town will let Turner Buckminster forget that he's a minister's son. But then he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart and sassy girl from a poor nearby island community founded by former slaves.

Synopsis:

This historical novel, based on the true story of a community's destruction, follows Turner Buckminster and Lizzie Bright as their friendship forms and their lives are changed.
 

Synopsis:

[set star] "Both beautiful and emotionally honest, both funny and piercingly sad."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
 
Turner Buckminster hates Phippsburg, Maine. Then he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart, sassy girl from a poor nearby island community. Lizzie introduces Turner to the wonders of Maine's coast. But the two soon discover that the town elders, along with Turner's father, want to force the people to leave Lizzie's island to start a tourist trade there. Based on the true story of a community's destruction, this sensitively written novel highlights a unique friendship during a time of change, and was awarded both a Newbery Honor and Printz Honor.

About the Author

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618439294
Author:
Schmidt, Gary D
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Author:
Schmidt, Gary D.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Subject:
Maine
Subject:
Historical - United States - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Moving, Household
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Historical
Subject:
Clergy
Subject:
Progress
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 20th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
1170
Publication Date:
May 2004
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.13 in 1 lb
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 224 pages Clarion Books - English 9780618439294 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Schmidt's writing is infused with feeling and rich in imagery. With fully developed, memorable characters and a fascinating, little-known piece of history, this novel will leave a powerful impression on readers."
"Review" by , "Schmidt takes his time with his tale, spinning gloriously figurative language that brilliantly evokes both pace and emotion....[T]he telling is both beautiful and emotionally honest, both funny and piercingly sad."
"Review" by , "Readers of this sensitive novel, based on the 1912 destruction of an island and the powerful kinship and courage of Turner and Lizzie, hear a strong message about hope and despair in race relations."
"Synopsis" by , Set in 1912 Maine, this historical novel is based on the true story of a community's destruction. No one in town will let Turner Buckminster forget that he's a minister's son. But then he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart and sassy girl from a poor nearby island community founded by former slaves.
"Synopsis" by ,
This historical novel, based on the true story of a community's destruction, follows Turner Buckminster and Lizzie Bright as their friendship forms and their lives are changed.
 
"Synopsis" by ,
[set star] "Both beautiful and emotionally honest, both funny and piercingly sad."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
 
Turner Buckminster hates Phippsburg, Maine. Then he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart, sassy girl from a poor nearby island community. Lizzie introduces Turner to the wonders of Maine's coast. But the two soon discover that the town elders, along with Turner's father, want to force the people to leave Lizzie's island to start a tourist trade there. Based on the true story of a community's destruction, this sensitively written novel highlights a unique friendship during a time of change, and was awarded both a Newbery Honor and Printz Honor.
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