Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Title: Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
Publishing information: A Yearling Book, 2004, 9-12
Number of Pages: 217
Genre: historical Fiction
Summary of Plot: Two kids from different worlds come together. Turner is new to town and he is the son of the new minister. A lot is expected from him, and he feels that everyone is watching him. Lizzie Bright a girl from Malaga Island, a community founded by a runaway slave, show turner a new world. Her learn what it mean to be yourself. When the elders in town decide to move the inhabitants from the island, Turner stands up against them. His father is killed trying to defend Turner’s life, and Lizzie is taken to mental hospital and dies 10 days later. Turner never forgets the lessons Lizzie taught him.
Your Reaction to the book: the book has a slow beginning, but when it picks up it becomes interesting. I liked the lessons that are taught in this book, I think they are great for all kids to learn.
Potential Problems: this book has some strong racist under tone from the towns people, and there is violence at the end, that might not be good for younger kids.
Recommendations: kids who are interested in historical events.