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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: April 2005 ISBN: 9780307207265
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jwolfe5 | 12/15/2013

    " Haley was suppose to read this for her reading group. She only got into about the 20th page. I started it and really liked it. Some heavy subject matter. Great read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa Mak | 12/14/2013

    " Book about Prejudice and Discrimination "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 12/3/2013

    " This was a great book about coming of age in a time when blacks were separated from whites even in the North. I really love how the story was told, although it is quite sad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenalyn | 12/1/2013

    " Beautiful writing and based on a true story. Fun YA read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Tsao | 11/3/2013

    " Overall, this book is satisfying. It describes the problem of discrimination, and elaborates the environment in detail. To be completely honest, the beginning was slightly too slow and the ending was a little rushed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Byun00159branksome.asia (jimin) | 9/8/2013

    " This books contains the sad history of Malaga island. It is sad at the end, but it was okay to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 7/24/2013

    " Slow, but well-written with likable characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Briana | 7/22/2013

    " Somber historical fiction about the boy who doesn't fit in & makes his situation worse by befriending a local pariah. Complex themes make this award winning. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lushyloo13 | 2/17/2013

    " It is really boring i mean it might be a good storyline but it is boring and has weird grammar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seungmi Kwon | 6/29/2012

    " This book is very ethical and efficient for students like me to read. It contains adventure and exciting story that kids from elderly can all join. I want to recommend this book to all of the people who is interested in racism, and people who likes an adventure genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauralee | 6/26/2012

    " I like this children's author. Most of his books are both entertaining, and thought provoking. The ending to this one is really sad. But, it is taken from an historical event. And, history is not always happy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerry | 4/19/2012

    " This book had WAY too many deaths. I mean what in the world!!! I would have given it a higher rating but it was just too much in the end and the book did nothing to inspire me but just made me feel all depressed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CAO | 3/26/2012

    " What a great book! A subtle examination (in a historical setting) of some eternal questions - about the meaning of friendship, family, and community. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 2/27/2012

    " good story of youth struggles with tradition, friends, parents. inspiring story of change, acceptance, being true to self.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillybean | 10/15/2011

    " I laughed, I cried . . . a really good book! It should've received the newberry medal instead of honor! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yeongju Jang | 6/8/2011

    " I think it is a good book to read. It is a little bit hard to understand what's going on sometimes, but it is a good story based on the Malaga Island. I am still reading this book and it is very good so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dina | 5/17/2011

    " Beautifully written coming-of-age novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 5/16/2011

    " Maybe if it hadn't won a Newbery Honor, I wouldn't have read it, and then I wouldn't have cried... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lanny | 4/28/2011

    " Excellent! Challenging historical fiction novel set in Maine. Contemporary issues that still ring true today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gazelle | 4/27/2011

    " Lizzie Bright and the Buckminister Boy was absolutely phenomenal. I didn't like it in the beginning, but as I got deeper into the book it got more exciting and entertaining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 4/11/2011

    " Don't really like this book, but I think it shows what we have to do and racism "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie | 3/23/2011

    " The book was average only, the introduction was a bit long. The actual problem solving was okay, however the ending felt a bit rushed. The descriptions in the book are very detailed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 3/23/2011

    " This book starts out with a peaceful and "nothing much"book, but then in chapter 7 it starts to get exciting.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessalyn | 3/23/2011

    " Lots of very descriptive writing however, the plot isn't very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcus | 3/23/2011

    " A book I read for English Literature. I don't think that it's that good of a book, until the late middle part of the book, it starts to get better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vincent | 3/23/2011

    " Ending seemed a bit hurried but book was excellent overall. "

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About the Author
Author Gary D. Schmidt
Gary D. Schmidt’s most recent novel, The Wednesday Wars, has been garnering excellent reviews. His novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy won both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor. His other novels for Clarion are Straw into Gold and Anson’s Way. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and lives on a farm in Alto. He and his wife have six children.
About the Narrator

Sam Freed is an actor, voice talent, and audiobook narrator.