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. Recommended for ages 10 and up. A 2005 Newbery Honor Book.
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Review 1 for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
Date:July 15, 2007
This book was promising. It started off well and got even better with the arrival of Lizzie Bright. But the book gets less and less enjoyable as it goes on. After a while the story, the characters and even the way the book was written became so different from what I'd originally begun reading that I gave up and returned it.<br /><br />An important thing to note is that this is not really "Christian fiction". The few mentions of God are only there because Turner's father is a minister -- and as it turns out, not a very good one! At one point the minister uncovers a Charles Darwin book he keeps hidden and gives it his son to read in secret!