Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Downloadable Audiobook - 2005
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Turner Buckminster can't find anything good to say about his first six hours in Phippsburg, Maine, where even baseball is a different game. He's about ready to light out for the Territories, where every shirt he wears won't have to be starched white and no one will know him as the new minister's son. But after meeting Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart and sassy girl who lives on nearby Malaga Island, a poor community founded by former slaves, he doesn't feel quite so miserable. Lizzie shows Turner how to hit a Maine baseball, dig for clams along the shore, and row a boat next to a whale. Opening up a whole new world to him, one filled with the mystery and wonder of Maine's rocky coast. But the two soon discover that the town elders, along with Turner's father, want to force the people of Lizzie's island to leave so that a lucrative tourist trade can be started there. Although Turner is forbidden to step foot on the island, he and Lizzie try to save its people and get caught up in a spiral of disasters that alter their lives forever.
Publisher: [New York] : Listening Library, 2005
ISBN: 9780739344934
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Additional Contributors: Freed, Sam 1948-


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IndyPL_SteveB Mar 27, 2019

In 1912 the government of Maine took over the offshore island of Malaga, razed the homes there, and sent the mostly African-American residents off to insane asylums – so the nearby coastal town of Phippsburg could better attempt to attract tourism. Gary Schmidt has taken this real incident and built a fine but deeply sad historical novel for young adults from it.

The story follows Turner Buckminster III, son of a minister, as the family moves to Phippsburg, where his father has been called to take over the local church. The family doesn’t realize that the town is basically run by a ruthless shipyard owner, who sees the end of the ship-building business but hopes to cash in on future tourism to the quaint town with the great view – except for those shacks on the island. Turner, as the new kid, gets bullied by the local youths, so he turns for friendship to Lizzie Bright Griffin, an African-American girl from Malaga. Lizzie is being raised by her grandfather, also a minister. She doesn’t have a lot of education but she knows how to survive on the island. The story is beautifully written with interesting characters, A fine rendition of history and the changes people go through.

The audio narration is very well done and held my attention to the end.

Mar 22, 2007

What a wonderful story. It was recommended by the Excelsior librarian. I loved it!


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