❰KINDLE❯ ❃ Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy Author Gary D. Schmidt – Motyourdrive.co.uk

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy chapter 1 Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, meaning Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, genre Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, book cover Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, flies Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy d70fba65c115c 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

10 thoughts on “Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

  1. says:

    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 to 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 The YA books I ve read before this book, and the YA books I will read after 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 Buckminster Boy has all the traditional and expected elements of a classic YA novel coming of age story, not fitting in to a new place, bonding with the few other ostracized people of a community including selected old people who grow to love said outcast, frustration with parents, love in unexpected places, etc It has all the checklist elements needed in order to pass the good YA test But it has so much .Intertwined with all of the story are continuous layers and messages, there to be teased and plucked out if the reader so desires Diffused 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 adds 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 as 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 should 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.

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    AlrightI have so much to say about this bookthis is a winner, a really good book Excellent My first Printz Award book for this class More soon.Okay..Here s the 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 is a popular read 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 It scatters old leaves around the foundations of 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 with 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 to meet his when he is back out at sea with the whales This is among the best descriptions of friendship I have read It lasts you.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 It is a very existential read You look for secrets in this book..big ones,like the secret to the meaning of life Who is Turner s father on the inside 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 in 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 nothing in the world beautiful and and wonderful in all its evolved forms than two souls who look at each other straight on.that everything rejoices in the touch, and everything in the world laments in the losing A simply excellent read.And what s , I never would have truly known it was historical fiction without the author s note Good historical fiction can ring heartfully true in this time.

  3. says:

    a little boringSlow beginning and middle Picks up a little in the last 1 4, but not enough to make up for the other 3 4 The book tries to teach a message, but it takes so long in getting there that its a little bit anti climatic once it does come.

  4. says:

    This was such a good book I recommend it to adults as well as tweens and teens.

  5. says:

    Wow This was an incredibly written, heartbreaking tale I absolutely loved it I listened to it on CD while traveling, and so many times I wanted to pull my car over, rewind, and write down a quote from the book The writing was just amazing What can I say.

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    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 just 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 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 Darwin subplots As Turner reads Charles Darwin s books, he begins to float away from Christianity, his father actually IMPROVES his mentality as he reads it with Turner, and at the end, strongly hints that Turner has converted to atheism Two creatures in all their evolved form , literally, I sincerely hope that readers will be diverted to another wonderful tear jerker like this that doesn t treat Christianity as an insane tyrant religion that puts ridiculous thought in our mind 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 Yes, this was a disappointing element for me and an unnecessary one if I may say so myself But besides that, there s isn t much anything, in fact, to complain about 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 to read a terrible lot of them, but just thought I d point that out.

  7. says:

    Oh boy Gary Schmidt I thought maybe Orbiting Jupiter was his most tragic bookbut no In terms of sadness and tragedy, this one throws that one out of the water And I was 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 if that s how I were to actually describe the book to someonewell, I d be lying That description hardly says anything about the book Because it s not actually very sweet Lizzie and Turner do have a sweet friendship, but it s one where everything swirling around it is full of pain and strife and hardship and turmoil I don t have any idea why I thought that this book would be without any of those harder themes Gary Schmidt always deals with turmoil of some sort in his books They always feel real But this one was especially frought Not that that s a bad thing It was brilliant in every respect The book isn t long but it packs a huge punch and it is so beautifully written as I ve come to expect from Gary I loved it Of course, there s always a silver lining, so I don t want to give the impression that it s all sadness But ultimately, I was left broken hearted.

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    WORST BOOK EVER A lot of repetition and slow paced plot events Too much confusing whale metaphors It was overall boring and it just wasn t intriguing It was the book that did not really pull you in and you just wanted to abandon it If you are looking for a historical fiction book, don t read this one I would give it one star.

  9. says:

    Oh Gary D Schmidt how do I love thee, let me count the ways.1 Wonderful insight into boys who really try to be good Even better in this book with all of poor Turners mishaps2 His love of the arts and the influence they can have for good in lives both young and old3 Connection with nature4 Constant exploration of how the young are the ones who are still innocent enough to try harder, especially with treating people right.5 Belief in the innate goodness of most people, even if it takes most longer to get there.6 Turning tragedy into beauty Every time.This is based on historical events where an entire people were kicked off their home island off the state of Maine in the early 1800 s Saddest of the Schmidt books I ve read but just as wonderful.

  10. says:

    This book is so gut wrenchingly sad Schmidt weaves themes of not fitting in and racism and exclusion and grief all into one season of Turner Buckminster s life Every character, big or small, feels fully human And maybe it s because my mom taught this book, but I love the personified descriptions of the landscapes And I love the lines in this prison bars, the whale s eye, and being swallowed up by the world.There definitely is happiness in this story, but all I m seeing is the real grief and loss Turner and Lizzie experience in this idyllic Maine town A must read.

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