Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

by Gary D. Schmidt


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544022799
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Pages: 222
Sales rank: 116,990
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Gary D. Schmidt is the best-selling author of Pay Attention, Carter Jones; Orbiting Jupiter;  the Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars; and National Book Award Finalist Okay for Now. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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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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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
rach04 More than 1 year ago
The chapter book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, by Gary D. Schmidt. Is about a boy named Tucker who is forced to have to move from Boston to Maine because his dad just a got a job as a minster. Tucker is constantly being teased because of his dad's occupation and he just feels like he has absolutely no friends. He is extremely unhappy. One day he is at the beach when he meets a girl named Lizzie. She is African American; in fact the first African American Tucker has ever met. Lizzie is from the Island of Malaga which is a poor community founded by slaves. Even though things are tough for Lizzie she always seems to see the bright side to things and shows Tucker the beauty that Maine truly has to offer. Tucker and Lizzie become close friends. When the story progresses, the town that Tucker moved too in Maine decides that they want to destroy the island of Malaga to create more room for tourists since their shipbuilding industry is not doing so well. Also this town in Maine is extremely racist and decides to remove Lizzie along with other Malaga people. The Malaga people are sent away to live some where else. This entire act of racism, hate, and greed angers Tucker. He stands up for what he believes is right, but it was too late because Lizzie died. As the story comes to and end Tucker and his father both stand up for the Malaga people against their town in Maine and Tuckers father is killed. Readers Response: I really enjoyed this book. It's very realistic and actually based on a true even in 1912. This was an extremely sad story. However, the issues of greed and racism through out this book can be related to what has gone on in America's history along with current issues of racism. This book has the ability to connect too many students and stir several emotions of anger, sadness, and hope within the readers. I would recommend this book to 10-15 year olds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an ok/good book. It gets better at the end...I'm not done yet but now the book gets more exciting. I'm on chapter 10 right now..At the beginning, I took a little, hmm.. shall we say, hiatus and stopped reading it. But then I picked up again and it became good. So my point is, even when it may seem boring at times, keep on reading, it will get better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wrote the previous review, but my view of the book has changed completely. The ending was terrible!!! I was practically sobbing by the end!!! If you don't like depressing books, do not read this one!!!!
jlsherman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The characters were well developed, as was the setting. Research was conducted by the author, and the setting is a real place. The author's note gives some information about the settlement, and what transpired there. Personally, I had difficulty reading the book. It was difficult to keep interested in the book.
hdusty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
one the best books i've read in a long while. the writing is crisp and evocative, perfectly reminiscent of the early 1900s voice. the son of the new minister in a small maine town befriends an african american girl who lives in poverty on a island apart from the town. she teaches him baseball, romance, injustice, and standing up to tragedy.
mmillet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book really kept me interested. The most intriguing part of it to me was the author's note at the end -- stating that the book's premise was based on actual events. So sad to see the treatment of people different from everyone else. My favorite part was when Willis asked Turner why he didn't hit the last pitch and Turner replies "because everyone expects green shutters." Very insightful story urging everyone to do the right thing even if it means you are going against the current.
The_Hibernator on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy is a children¿s historical novel about a minister¿s son who must confront narrow-mindedness in the townspeople and even his own father when his family moves to a small town in Maine. This book gives a ¿realistic¿ look at how blinded people can be by their own prejudices. I listened to it as an audiobook, and found myself in the awkward position of tearing up in public while I was listening to it on a walk. Luckily I pretended it was the sharp winter air that was giving me the sniffles. This book¿s reading level is appropriate for perhaps 5th graders, but the content is a bit mature. I hated depressing books when I was that age! I gave this book 3.5/5 stars (it lost half a star for making me cry!)
bbellthom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy is a story about Turner the new minister¿s son and Lizzie a resident of Malaga Island off the coast Philipsburg Maine. The boys in town play baseball different then Turner and they jump off cliffs to swim in the ocean something Turner has never done. As an outcast Turner spends much of his time alone until he meets Lizzie a black girl from Malaga Island. The townspeople wish to rid Malaga Island of the people that live there so that they can build up tourism in their town. Turner is forbidden to see Lizzie but he still does and they develop a deep friendship. The story of Malaga Island is a true story. In 1912 the people of Malaga were evicted from their homes, their houses burned to the ground, their graves dug up, and they were forced to move to the Maine School for the Feeble Minded. This book was not only a wonderful story it told a very important fact of our history that I had not known before. In April 2010 Maine legislatures issued a statement of regret for the Malaga Island incident.
knapier on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There's no doubt this book was intelligently written. The way Schmidt uses nature throughout the book to illustrate what's really going on is a nice introduction to symbolic meaning in literature. I'm confused as to why this is classified 'Junior Fiction.' It must be the reading level, as I don't think it's very difficult. However, I have a hard time seeing the average kid delving into this and being able to hold on to the somewhat slow tempo of the story in order to pick up on the deeper meanings the book conveys. I'll be interested to read some kid reviews.The fact that the two main characters were minister's kids held special interest to me since my husband has before held that title, and we have kids. Even though our situation is vastly different, the book certainly leaves much for my family to talk about, especially since Mr. Buckminster seems to find more inspiration in reading Darwin than Jesus. The fact that Mr. Buckminster handled the pressure from the town so poorly, and only just began to come around at the very end saddened me. Turner, aptly named, shows more promise for standing for what is true and good. Gone through in more detail, this book definitely generates thought and offers plenty of discussion.
smarks2008 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Schmidt so much in Wednesday Wars, I had to keep reading. Having lived in Maine, it was really interesting, though very sad, to learn about the African American population who were driven off from Coastal Maine.
ImBookingIt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed listening to this book.In this book, Turner learns that adults don't always do the right thing, but that doesn't stop his attempts to do so.Thinking back on it, the book could be seen as heavy on the lessons, but the story was about Turner learning them, and they were well balanced with the more adventurous aspects of the story. For the most part, Turner seemed like a real kid to me. Perhaps he was a little too good to be true, but he wasn't perfect. I liked seeing how he grew as the book continued. The secondary characters were an interesting bunch. . Just as I'd start to think that although they were interesting, they were also flat, one of them would surprise me with some character development.I'll recommend this book to my 11 year old. I actually wish I'd saved it for our upcoming road trip, I'm not sure I'll want to listen to it again that soon.
auntieknickers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent story for young people about a little-known and shameful chapter in Maine history, when a group of African-American and mixed-race people were evicted by the state from an island where they had lived for some time.
eduscapes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Winner of both the Newbery and Prinz honors, this "coming of age" novel is based on actual events. Set in 1912, the book follows a minister's son, Turner Buckminster as he explores life in his new community of Phippsburg, Maine. He soon meets Lizzie Bright Griiffin who lives on a nearby island. Soon, Turner becomes involves in the fight over the future of Lizzie's island home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this for school, and it was not fun. The story line takes forever to develope, and the book ends tragically. This is defiantly not a book I would recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In class for middle we are readinng this book it is funny at times and sad at others. We are only on chapter three but it is still intresting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this story, it had good descriptions and there were some cliffhanger parts. Although tge book waa prtty good it got a little depressing near the end and lot of people die. Other than that I enjoyed the read. I recommend it for 6th and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't get it at first then i got the sway to it and it's o.k. but it relly made it itresting.
booklady50 More than 1 year ago
Gary Schmidt is good. I loved Wednesday Wars and Ok for Now. But Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy blew me away. This man can write! I feel like i know these people. I WANT to know these people. He draws you in and keeps you reading till he's done. And then you want more. Thank you Mr. Schmidt for sharing your talent with the world.
druanne More than 1 year ago
it told a story I had not known very enlightening!
MamaBear35 More than 1 year ago
This book was well written and shows how children do not look at a friend's skin color or financial standing in life. The story shows the discrimination and bigotry of the adults to move settlers off an island of Maine who lived there for centuries. The townspeople wanted to build a hotel to attract tourist to the area. The children showed more compassion and smarts than the adults. A story for young and old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite authors. With humor and grace he tells the sad story of a people wronged and of a boy who could onlybe himself no matter how hard he tried to be someone/something else. Read his other books if you haven't already.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS NIT FAKE IT IS BASED ON A TRUE STORY AND THE A IDIOTS SAYING THEY WANT ACTION WELL GUESS WHAT BUDDY NIT EVERY THING IN LFIE IS FULL OF ACTION people should learn to appericte history this book is very good i would give it 100 stars if i could
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