Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

by Gary D. Schmidt
$7.99
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A moving coming-of-age story of a white minister’s son who discovers joy through his friendship with a black girl and finds strength after painful losses transform his life. 

 


  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358206392
  • ISBN-10: 0358206391
  • Pages: 224
  • Publication Date: 03/17/2020
  • Carton Quantity: 24

About the book

Set in 1912 and centered on a historical event, the moving and compelling coming-of-age story of Turner, a white minister’s son who discovers joy through his friendship with a black girl, Lizzie, and finds his own strength and voice after painful losses transform his life. 

 

In this powerful and moving novel, Turner Buckminster, a preacher’s son newly arrived in in Phippsburg, Maine, meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a strong, spirited black girl from Malaga Island, a nearby island community founded by former slaves. All of Phippsburg, especially Turner’s repressive father, disapproves of their friendship, but Turner ignores them; Lizzie is the wisest, most knowledgeable person he ever met. On top of knowing everything, she can row a boat and pitch a baseball like a champ. The town’s move to turn the island into a tourist attraction destroys the powerless community, a historical event that occurred in 1912. It is the catalyst for a wave of personal losses that shakes Turner’s world but leaves him whole. With a new introduction by the author and author's note.

About the author
Gary D. Schmidt

Gary D. Schmidt is the best-selling author of Pay Attention, Carter Jones; Orbiting Jupiter; the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy; the Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars; and Okay for Now. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.