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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,817 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary D. Schmidt Narrator: Sam Freed Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 poor community founded by former slaves. Lizzie shows Turner a new world along the Maine coast from digging clams to rowing a boat next to a whale. When the powerful town elders, including Turner’s father, decide to drive the people off the island to set up a tourist business, Turner stands alone against them. He and Lizzie try to save her community, but there’s a terrible price to pay for going against the tide.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Schmidt takes his time with his tale, spinning gloriously figurative language that brilliantly evokes both place and emotion. Turner himself is a wonderfully rich character, his moral and intellectual growth developing naturally…There can be no happy ending to this story, but the telling is both beautiful and emotionally honest, both funny and piercingly sad.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Schmidt’s writing is infused with feeling and rich in imagery. With fully developed, memorable characters. . . . This novel will leave a powerful impression on readers. School Library Journal, Starred
  • A powerful tale of friendship and coming-of-age, adding a lyrical sense of the coastal landscape. Booklist, Starred
  • “A powerful tale of friendship and coming-of-age…[A] haunting combination of fact and fiction has a powerful and tragic climax.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “An evocative novel…with fully developed, memorable characters…[A] fascinating, little-known piece of history.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Schmidt fictionalizes a true event…Vividly realized…Fully credible…Subtly drawn.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “A rich novel…A drama that examines the best and worst of humanity.”

    Horn Book

  • A 2005 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
  • A 2005 Newbery Honor Book
  • Winner of Printz Honors, 2005

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Abby | 2/8/2014

    " the beginning was slow for me but by the end...whew. emotionally draining. very beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katy | 2/7/2014

    " This is based on true events that are really awful. Although it's sad, it has a few bright moments (pardon the pun). I think by the end, it left me feeling hopeful about humanity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charlou Lunsford | 2/3/2014

    " I often don't enjoy books about prejudice, intolerance, greed, and such because they seem to want to just hit you over the head with themes. This book is different. He writes a story that is beautiful and lyrical as well as full of meaning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meepspeeps | 12/21/2013

    " I think this would appeal to boys and girls age 11 or so and up. There is interesting historical context, magnificent word pictures, and strong character development given the constraints of a young person's book. The overall lesson to me is that hate can kill, so consider kinder alternatives when there is widespread hardship. "

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