Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Paperback | May 14, 2013

byGary 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'srocky 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.

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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 to...

Gary D. Schmidt is the bestselling author of Okay For Now , the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy , and the Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Format: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

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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

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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 "