A preacher’s son stands up to a racist town. Read Common Sense Media’s Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy review, age rating, and parents guide. Complete summary of Gary Schmidt’s Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Lizzie Bright and the. Not only is Turner Buckminster the son of the new minister in a small Maine town, he is shunned for playing baseball differently than the local boys. Then.

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Return to Book Page. Not only is Turner Buckminster the son of the new minister in a small Maine town, he is shunned for playing baseball differently than the local boys. Then he befriends smart and lively Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from Malaga Island, a lizzle community founded by former slaves.

Lizzie shows Turner a new world along the Maine coast from digging clams to rowing a boat next to Not only is Turner Buckminster the son of the new minister in a small Maine town, he is shunned for playing baseball differently than the local boys. Lizzie shows Turner a new world along the Maine coast from digging clams to rowing a boat next to a whale.

Paperbackpages. Published April 25th by Yearling Books first published May 24th Newbery Medal NomineeMichael L. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boyplease sign up. What are some confusing words in chapter 1? See all 4 questions about Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy….

Lists with This Book. Feb 25, Andrea added it. I have so much to say about this book My first Printz Award book for this class. Here’s the “more soon” part. This book won the Printz Award, and I really like how they describe their criteria for literary excellence and quality on their website by what it is not.

For example, a book is not quality simply by being popular. Although, of course, the two are not mutually exclusive. This book does not look to me like it was Alright But, it is quality.

The characters in this book are delicioulsy detailed and their relationships are real and engaging. The Maine breeze is a character itself in this book, as the setting takes on a whole dimension of life and growth in itself.

The breeze is described in every momentous scene of the book and can be “like a cat awaking for a bowl of milk” to “solemn” when Turner’s father dies. It steals the gold from the maple trees and the silver from the aspens or it just slinks away.

It carries news up and down the street.

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It scatters old leaves around the foundations buckminsher the house where the people were forced to leave. It lends a special eye to scenes, revealing secrets of the moment the reader might otherwise have overlooked, almost like a hidden narrator. As I have just begun reading The Thief Lord for the Batchelder, I can see a deep parallel in how they both use the setting as an engaging, developing character in their stories.


In conjunction buclminster great characters and great character development, that appeals to me a lot. The friendship between Lizzie and Turner is so real and memorable it haunts you, as it does Turner, with her voice coming back brght meet his when he is back out at sea with the whales. This is among the best descriptions of friendship I have read. As you read this book, you are on a journey of discovering who you, as Turner Buckminster are, who your father is, who your friends are and aren’t, what your life will be determined by.

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

It is a very existential read. You look for secrets in this book. What does the whale know? What will we each person in this life be determined by? You “light out for the territories” when you take this book noy your hands just as Turner does when he takes The Origin of Species into his. The knowledge in his father’s eyes, in the whale’s eyes is very deep, made deepr by the whole telling of the story behind it.

It is the profound knoweldge that “the tide runs in and the tide runs out, and there is birght in the world more beautiful and and more wonderful in all its buckmknster forms than two souls who look at each other straight on And what’s more, I never would have truly known it was historical fiction without the author’s note.

Good historical fiction can View all 5 comments. Nov 25, Kyle rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was forced to take a moment and catch my breath after I closed this book. I needed to gather myself, order my thoughts, and reflect on everything I had just read.

The best part about it? I will still need to do so for a long time buxkminster come. I can already predict the amount of “staying power” this book will have upon my mind, and the thought makes me smile. I will be able to categorize every YA book, from here on out, into two categories: This novel has become the fulcrum upon which my experience with YA novels has pivoted. Phillip Pullman once said paraphrasing from my shoddy memory that some topics, some issues, and some themes are just too large and complicated to deal with in an adult novel; they can only be handled properly when they are in a children’s book.

I never really understood what he meant, and to me at the time it seemed like an attempt to over-aggrandise the type of work he did. That was, until I read this book. Lizzie Bright and the Bucckminster Boy has all the traditional and expected elements of a classic YA novel: It has all the checklist elements needed in lzizie to “pass” the “good” YA test. Intertwined with all of the story are continuous layers and messages, there to be teased and plucked out if the reader so desires. Buckmminster throughout the entire book, the language of the story is stitched together with a beautiful descriptive needle.

The beauty and playfulness of the descriptive passages is very Robert McCammon-ish, and btight a sophistication to the novel that I have never experienced with YA books before. This book does not treat its readers like children, it treats them lizzue exactly what they are, Adults who are young. Adults who can deal with heartache, pain, struggle, and still see the bright side of things.


Adults who, though young, are searching for the answers of how everything and everyone ad fit in the world. This novel is a prime example of what is possible when a writer does not underestimate their readers, and I genuinely hope everyone will enjoy this novel as much as I did.

Nov 21, Tracy rated it it was ok. The book tries to teach a message, but it takes so long in getting there that its buckimnster little bit anti-climatic once it does come. This was such a good book. I recommend it to adults as well as tweens and teens.

This was an incredibly written, heartbreaking tale. I absolutely loved it. I listened to it on CD while brignt, and so many times I wanted to pull my car over, rewind, and write down a quote from buckinster book. The writing was just amazing. What more can I say. Jul 05, Davis rated it did not like it Shelves: I feel snobbish for giving this book such a low rating. Let’s just say that this is probably the best 1-star book I will ever rate.

It’s got wonderful wit, great writing, real characters, numbing poignancy… I could lizzi go on and on.

At one moment, I actually wanted to scream out loud and let the tears flow because I wasn’t sure how much more of the poignancy and getting angry at fictional characters I could take. But here’s my quibble. Why in the world did Schmidt feel the need to introduce the I feel snobbish for giving this book such a low rating.

Why in the world did Schmidt feel the need to introduce the Darwin subplots? And the ending where the author goes on about how creatures in their evolved form are sad when they’re separated, I thought, “if we’re just mistakes and worthless freaks of nature that happened to evolve, what basis do we have for sadness and why do we feel it if we’re just like every other animal?

But besides that, there’s isn’t much… anything, in fact, to complain about.

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt | : Books

A very, very good book that could have been a gem if not for that element. Oh yes, and the first Printz book I’ve ever read. Not that I’m expecting thr read a terrible lot more of them, but just thought I’d point that out. View all 7 comments. I thought maybe Orbiting Jupiter was his most tragic book In terms of sadness and tragedy, this one throws that one out of the water.

And I thr not expecting that. I thought going in that it was going to be a sweet story of a summertime friendship taking place at the turn of the century – and it is in part, but tye that’s how I were to actually describe the book to someone Because it’s no Oh boy. Because it’s not actually very sweet.