Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

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by Gary D. Schmidt
     
 

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[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

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[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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"Gloriously figurative language...brilliantly evokes both time and place...both beautiful and emotionally honest, both funny and piercingly sad."—Kirkus, starred reviews

"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 review

"Schmidt fictionalizes a true event... vividly realized...fully credible...subtly drawn."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Historical incident ignites a rich novel...a drama that examines the best and worst of humanity."—Horn Book

Publishers Weekly
In this novel set in turn-of-the-20th-century Maine, the son of a white pastor befriends a girl from Malaga Island, a community founded by former slaves. These fully formed characters probe the ills of society and the joys of friendship. Ages 10-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780544022799
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Pages:
222
Sales rank:
113,543
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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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, Starred

“A powerful tale of friendship and coming-of-age, adding a lyrical sense of the coastal landscape.”—Booklist, Starred

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