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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt
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Jan 23, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 16-books
Read from January 19 to 21, 2012

This books generates so much emotion out of you that when it ends you are angry. This book deals with pressure to play the part as the new Minister's son, or the Officer's kid, or whatever you may be.
On top of being the "new kid" Turner is a Minister's son and as such expected by the town to set a good example for everyone else. The story is set in a time where skin color and ansestry mattered. When Turner runs away from the other boys because everything is the same in theory, but different in practice he ends up meeting Lizzie Bright, a black girl living on the nearby island of Malaga. Everything that Turner could possibly care about is at stake because of his friendship with Lizzie. Malaga is poverty sticken, but the people welcome Turner with open arms. In retern the townsfolk of Phippsburg, Maine want to force the people out of their homes, destroy their cemetary, and turn Phippsburg into a town where Tourists would want to visit. They don't want the people of Malaga to go on their Pauper roles because then they would have to pay for them. To solve this they send all of them to the Insane Assylum where Lizzie dies. This is the book to read for resistance to peer pressure and doing what it is right even there is seemingly nobody standing beside you.

Language:2 There was a few words.
Violence:3 Several people die, to include Turner's Father being pushed off a cliff.

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