Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

By: Gary D. Schmidt
New York : Clarion Books, c2004.
ISBN: 0618439293
(Image Credit: Cape May County Library, Cape May Court House, NJ)

Annotation: Based on the true events of 19132, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminister Boy, describes the disgraceful events that caused the destruction of Malaga Island, and many of its inhabitants, as well as the interracial friendship between Turner and Lizzie.

Book Talk:
When Turner Buckminster is forced to move to Maine, he realizes that he doesn't fit in within the first six hours. He doesn't understand the other boys in town. He seems to find trouble everywhere he goes. On top of everything else, he definitely doesn't comprehend why so many people in town have a problem with him becoming friends with Lizzie Bright Griffin, the girl who inhabits Malaga Island. She the only person in town who seems to truly like Turner, but their friendship seems to offend everyone around them. In order to try and understand everything that is happening to Turner, he must remember the moment when he stared into the eyes of a whale. Only then can he begin to understand the world around him and why his friendship with Lizzie is so important.


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