Schmidt, Gary D. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. New York: Clarion Books, 2004. 217 pp. ISBN: 0616439293
Thirteen-year-old Turner Buckminster has found exactly one friend since moving to Phippsburg, Maine – Lizzie Bright Griffin, who lives in an impoverished community of former slaves on nearby Malaga Island. When the town elders decide they want the island to build a resort hotel for tourists, Turner and Lizzie are pushed to desperate action.
Illuminating a true and shameful episode in Maine history, Gary D. Schmidt has created a striking story about a boy who instinctively rebels against the strict rules that come with being a minister’s son, and his new town’s disdain for the small black community nearby. Turner Buckminster has made a friend in Lizzie Bright, a girl with a sharp tongue and some mad baseball skills who introduces him to her world and people on Malaga Island. He plunges into a naïve, but well-meaning struggle to save Lizzie Bright and her kinfolk from the town elders, and the town elders from themselves.
Told with a bit of humor and a strong feel for the groupthink and nosy nature of small-town life, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy is fast-paced story about a boy who experiences the worst in others, yet learns what is the most beautiful and important in this world.
- 2005 Michael L. Printz Honor Book
- Michael L. Printz Honor Book
- Newbery Honor Book
- ALA Best Books for Young Adults
- ALA Notable Children’s Book
- School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
- Kirkus Reviews Editor Choice Award