Set in 1912 Maine, this historical novel is based on the true story of a community's destruction. No one in town will let Turner Buckminster forget that he's a minister's son. But then he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart and sassy girl from a poor nearby island community founded by former slaves, he enters a whole new world.Set in 1912 Maine, this historical novel is based on the true story of a community's destruction. No one in town will let Turner Buckminster forget that he's a minister's son. But then he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart and sassy girl from a poor nearby island community founded by former slaves, he enters a whole new world.Read Less
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This was one of the best intermediate level children's novels that I have ever read. I could not put it down and found so many encellent literacy aspects to this book. The story could easily be enjoyed by both girls and boys and has such rich historical reference. It would be perfect to use as a classroom novel study particularly during black history month. I also enjoyed the the many biblical references and found the juxtapositions of the two main characters brilliant. The use of symbolism is fantastic and I found that each character in the story was so multidimentional that they really come alive in the story. It is just an overall fantastic book and I guarantee that if you have an adolescent child that is not one to pick up a book and read often, this may be one to purchase for them.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-04-03 In this novel set in turn-of-the-20th-century Maine, the son of a white pastor befriends a girl from Malaga Island, a community founded by former slaves. These fully formed characters probe the ills of society and the joys of friendship. Ages 10-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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