Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
1st ed cover (Clarion, 2004)
AuthorGary D. Schmidt
CountryUnited States
GenreHistorical fiction
PublisherClarion Books
Publication date

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy is a young adult historical novel by Gary D. Schmidt, published by Clarion Books in 2004. The book received the Newbery Honor in 2005 and was selected as a Michael L. Printz Honor[1] that same year.

The book was based on a real event. In 1912, the government of Maine put the residents of Malaga Island in a mental hospital and tore up their homes.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

This book is set in 1912. Turner Buckminster, a minister's son, has just moved from Boston, Massachusetts to Phippsburg, Maine and is constantly being scolded for simple misunderstandings, not to mention being automatically disliked by the boys of Phippsburg for being bad at baseball. Turner meets a black girl, Lizzie Bright Griffin, who becomes friends with him, despite his difficulty with social situations. Turner has to save Lizzie's family and friends before they all must leave, or worse, get put into an insane asylum in New Gloucester, Maine. But that means standing up to the authorities, including Turner's father.


  1. ^ "Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books". 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  2. ^ Dubrule, Deborah (1 August 2005). "Malaga, revisited: On a Casco Bay island, a shameful incident in Maine's history comes to light". The Working Waterfront. the Island Institute. Retrieved 6 February 2015.