Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
Author Gary D. Schmidt
Country United States
Language English
Genre Historical fiction
Publisher Clarion Books
Publication date
2004

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 razed their homes.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

This book is set in 1912. Turner Buckminster, the son of Reverend Buckminster (Preacher in Phippsburg, Maine), has just moved from Boston, Massachusetts to Phippsburg, Maine and is constantly being teased for simple misunderstandings, not to mention being automatically disliked by the boys of Phippsburg for playing baseball differently. Turner meets a black girl, Lizzie Bright Griffin, befriends her, despite his difficulty with social situations. Turner has to save Lizzie's family and friends before they all must leave Malaga Island. But that means standing up to the authorities, including Turner's father.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books". 2010. 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.