Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. SchmidtLizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

byGary D. Schmidt

Paperback | May 14, 2013

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"Both beautiful and emotionally honest, both funny and piercingly sad."- Kirkus Reviews, starred review &nbspTurner Buckminster hates Phippsburg, Maine. Then he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart, sassy girl from a poor nearby island community.&nbspLizzie&nbspintroduces&nbspTurner to&nbspthe 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.&nbspBased on the true story of&nbspa community's destruction,&nbspthis sensitively written novel highlights a unique friendship during a time of change, and was awarded both a Newbery Honor and Printz Honor.
Gary D. Schmidt is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and a Newbery Honor for The Wednesday Wars . He lives with his family in Alto, Michigan, where he splits wood, plants gardens, writes, and feeds the...
Title:Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster BoyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.54 inPublished:May 14, 2013Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544022793

ISBN - 13:9780544022799


Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is a pretty good trick to write a funny book. It is just as hard of a feat to write an important book. And writing a book that is just the right style to fit on both a grown-up’s bookshelf and a child’s bookshelf is hard to beat. The Wednesday Wars is a freaking hat trick. The book will suit both grown-ups and teenagers alike. It is laugh-out-loud funny and yet as serious as a heart attack – and at least one point of the book I wanted to stand up and cheer – but they probably would have thrown me out of the coffee shop I was reading in. The Wednesday Wars is set in 1967. We’re talking Viet Nam, Kennedy, Martin Luther King, marching on Washington and the threat of nuclear warfare. At the same time we manage to cover the works of Shakespeare, naked bigotry, cross-country running, baseball, man against rat hand-to-hand combat and teenage runaways. The book is multilevel and complex and absolutely wonderful. The protagonist, Holling Hoodhood, is a 7th grade student with a serious problem. His teacher hates him. Wait a minute. That isn’t right. His teacher freaking HATES him. You don’t believe me, ask Holling Hoodhood. "Of all of the kids in the seventh grade at Camillo Junior High, there was one kid that Mrs. Baker hated with a heat whiter than the sun." That’s the opening sentence. I’m not going to quote any more. If you want to read any more quotes go and buy the book. Don’t make me come after you and read Shakespeare in your ear. The book will take the reader on a journey through a school year and a series of self-discovering life-altering events. It is poignant and powerful, complex and complete. The Wednesday Wars is the real deal and the total package. It hit all my buttons and I yelled Geronimo and jumped right in. You want to know what this book is about? I can sum its theme up in a few short words borrowed from Polonius - “Too thine own self be true.” I warned you about that Shakespeare. This book is a winner. Yours in storytelling, Steve Vernon
Date published: 2014-04-10

Editorial Reviews

Gloriously figurative language? brilliantly evokes both time and place? both beautiful and emotionally honest, both funny and piercingly sad." Kirkus Reviews, Starred"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"Schmidt fictionalizes a true event? vividly realized? fully credible? subtly drawn." THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)"historical incident ignites a rich novel? a drama that examines the best and worst of humanity." HORN BOOK Horn Book "