Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Gary D. Schmidt

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 0544022793

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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's rocky 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.




















and he wasn’t much inclined to do it anyway. He lay down on his bed, held his baseball glove up to his face, and breathed in its leathery scent. He kept it over his face until his mother called him for supper. Getting through supper was like being dangled on a spiderweb strand over hell. But he resolved to avoid the one misstep that might send his soul down to perdition. He was as polite as an angel all the way through the roast and potatoes. He ate the egg pudding without complaint While

decent career. A conductor, maybe. A conductor who rode trains with his family and lit out for the Territories. Mrs. Cobb sat in her horsehair chair and pointed to her organ impatiently. Turner sat on the stool, and he heard her settle back, bones creaking and snapping. He started to pump, and the stale air of the organ dusted around him. “You remember,” said Mrs. Cobb, “that if I have to say my last words, you’ll write them down.” “Yes, ma’am. I’ll write them down just as you say them.”

“Lizzie Bright.” But she did not answer. Instead, she put her hands to her face and ran up the beach. And her grandfather, after peering at Turner for a moment, followed her. Turner didn’t feel like Aeneas anymore. Suddenly, he felt a whole lot like Mrs. Hurd, alone, with her friends before her gone. CHAPTER 8 IN late September, the sea breeze stole the gold from the maples, the silver from the aspens. The oaks browned; the beeches paled. And in a general disheartening, the leaves let

shovel me out?” “Maybe so.” Mr. Newton laughed, a laugh that probably would have been loud had any sound come out. But he laughed with no sound at all, his mouth open, his eyes watering some, his ample belly moving up and down, until finally he drew in his breath, gathered himself together, and took another gulp of his coffee. “I suppose it’s good to be honest if you’re a minister’s son.” “I’m not a minister’s son anymore.” Mr. Newton reached over and laid his hand on Turner’s knee. “You’ll

characters, such as Turner and Willis and Reverend Buckminster, get a chance to grow and change through their challenges; some choose not to; others, tragically, do not have the choice or the chance. Despite the lyrical prose and touches of humor, Gary Schmidt offers readers pretty heavy subject matter. People die. Old ladies and black kids are sent off to insane asylums. The pretense of godliness hides racism and greed. What I found most compelling was the depiction of the tyranny of the

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