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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
As far as Turner Buckminster is concerned, his family's relocation to Phippsburg, Maine, is a bust, and he can't seem to escape being viewed through the narrow lenses of the townspeople as the minister's son. Bold, intelligent Lizzie Bright Griffin, from a minute society of previously enslaved people on tiny neighboring Malaga Island, arrives in his utterly friendless existence and causes a social uproar. Lizzie teaches Turner the quirks of the ocean, as well as the finer subtleties of local baseball. The two also unearth a ruinous town plan bent on relocating the islanders to make way for burgeoning tourist opportunities. Set in the early 20th century, this profoundly moving and sorrowful tale of friendship amidst turmoil is based on a true story. A 2005 Newbery Honor Book. A 2005 Michael L. Printz Honor Book.
- Juvenile Fiction
- Family / General, Social Issues / Prejudice + Racism
- May 13, 2008
- May 13, 2008
- Gary D. Schmidt