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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (Newbery Honor Book)

  Author(s) & Illustrator(s): Gary D. Schmidt

  Edition: Hardcover -- Plot Summary and Book Review

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (Hardcover)    

  • "Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy" by Gary D. Schmidt is a Newbery Honor award-winning book and well-written historical fiction for young adults. In 1912, Turner Buckminster and his parents have just moved to Phippsburg, Maine. Reverend Buckminster has been appointed the pastor of the First Congregational Church. Life is stifling and unbearable until the boy meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart African-American girl from nearby Malaga Island. They form a close friendship in spite of disapproval by Reverend Buckminster and the townspeople. After the town elders decide to remove the people from the island for the sake of a prospective tourist trade, tragedies follow one after another. "Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy" depicts a disturbing picture of racism during early 20th century, a sad chapter of race relations in the US. The main characters of the story are well developed, especially Turner Buckminster, who grows up and matures right in front of reader's eyes.
  • Reading Level: young adult
  • Hardcover, 224 pages
  • ISBN: 0618439293
  • Publisher: Clarion Books
  • Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction
  • Book Themes: Friendship, Race Relations and Racism

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