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Staff Review: Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

November 5, 2010

The year is 1912, and Turner Buckminster’s father, the Reverend Buckminster, has just moved the family from Boston to Phippsburg, a small town on the coast of Maine.  Lonely and isolated, Turner finds an unlikely friend in Lizzie, the descendant of slaves who lives with her grandfather just off the coast of Phippsburg on Malaga Island.  When Turner finds out that investors are evicting Lizzie and the other residents of Malaga Island in order to turn it into a tourist resort, he decides he must defy the most powerful people in town to do what is right.

This is one of the most enjoyable stories I’ve read in a long time.  Lizzie and Turner are lovable, well-rounded characters that you root for until the end because of the great lengths they go to in order to preserve their friendship.  Author Gary D. Schmidt lightens the story with small doses of humor, but in the end he doesn’t shy away from the hardship and tragedy that often haunts a person who defies popular stances in order to follow his conscious.  Both teens and elementary aged kids will enjoy this engaging book based on true events.  Click here to reserve your copy of Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy.

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