Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

eBook - 2004
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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.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, c2004
ISBN: 9780547350059
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (219 p.)


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IndyPL_SteveB Mar 27, 2019

In 1912 the government of Maine took over the offshore island of Malaga, razed the homes there, and sent the mostly African-American residents off to insane asylums – so the nearby coastal town of Phippsburg could better attempt to attract tourism. Gary Schmidt has taken this real incident and built a fine but deeply sad historical novel for young adults from it.

The story follows Turner Buckminster III, son of a minister, as the family moves to Phippsburg, where his father has been called to take over the local church. The family doesn’t realize that the town is basically run by a ruthless shipyard owner, who sees the end of the ship-building business but hopes to cash in on future tourism to the quaint town with the great view – except for those shacks on the island. Turner, as the new kid, gets bullied by the local youths, so he turns for friendship to Lizzie Bright Griffin, an African-American girl from Malaga. Lizzie is being raised by her grandfather, also a minister. She doesn’t have a lot of education but she knows how to survive on the island. The story is beautifully written with interesting characters. A fine rendition of history and the changes people go through.

Dec 03, 2018

Loved this. Perfect for adults and kids learning to love people who are "not like us"

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.

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.

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.

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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Jul 19, 2016

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

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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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