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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

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Turner Buckminster can't find anything good to say about his first six hours in Phippsburg, Maine, where even baseball is a different game. he's about ready to light out for the Territories, wherre every shirt he wears won't have to be starched white and no one will know him as the new minister's son. But after meeting Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart and sassy girl who lives on nearby Malaga Island, a poor community founded by former slaves, he doesn't feel quite so miserable. Lizzie shows Turner how to hit a Maine baseball, dig for clams along the shore, and row a boat next to a whale -- opening up a whole new world to him, one filled with the mystery and wonder of Maine's rocky coast.

But the two soon discover that the town elders, along with Turner's father, want to force the people of Lizzie's island to leave so that a lucrative tourist trade can be started there. Although Turner is forbidden to step foot on the island, he and Lizzie try to save its people -- and get caught up in a spiral of disasters that alter their lives forever.

Gary D. Schmidt has crafted a unique coming-of-age novel based on the true event of an island's distruction in 1912.

Turner Buckminster can't find anything good to say about his first six hours in Phippsburg, Maine, where even baseball is a different game. he's about ready to light out for the Territories, wherre every shirt he wears won't have to be starched white and no one will know him as the new minister's son. But after meeting Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart and sassy girl who lives on nearby Malaga Island, a poor community founded by former slaves, he doesn't feel quite so miserable. Lizzie shows Turner how to hit a Maine baseball, dig for clams along the shore, and row a boat next to a whale -- opening up a whole new world to him, one filled with the mystery and wonder of Maine's rocky coast.

But the two soon discover that the town elders, along with Turner's father, want to force the people of Lizzie's island to leave so that a lucrative tourist trade can be started there. Although Turner is forbidden to step foot on the island, he and Lizzie try to save its people -- and get caught up in a spiral of disasters that alter their lives forever.

Gary D. Schmidt has crafted a unique coming-of-age novel based on the true event of an island's distruction in 1912.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Boston and Phippsburg are close geographically, but 13-year-old Tucker Buckminster, who moves to Maine with his minister father, discovers they are two different worlds. He tries to fit in but the door is firmly shut until he finds friendship with old Mrs. Heard and sprightly Lizzie Bright. From the beginning, Sam Freed portrays Tucker as open, caring, and honest as he faces his new life. Freed doesn't differentiate the many characters, but his Maine accent is superb. Freed superbly conveys Tucker's innocence and na•veté as he faces prejudice, his wonder and awe at communing with the whales, and finally his growing strength of character and sense of self. Very fine! WL.S. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine
  • School Library Journal, Starred "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."
  • Booklist, Starred "A powerful tale of friendship and coming-of-age, adding a lyrical sense of the coastal landscape."
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