Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt
rating: 5 of 5 stars
I ordered "Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy" from PaperbackSwap.com, as an afterthought. I had never heard of it, but it had the Newbery, so I thought I'd try it out.
Oh, my. I can't recommend this book enough. The writing itself leaves me speechless. The characterizations, the excellent balance of action and introspection, the dialogue are all completely flawless.
Then there's the story - a tale of a small Maine town at the turn of the 20th century, and the 13-yr-old minister's son who has just relocated there. Although he wants to move back home to Boston, he meets a girl just his age named Lizzie. Their friendship defies everyone's expectations, and changes his entire life.
The backstory of the race relations is true; the rest is fiction, but it seems like the quiet, deft tale handed down age to age, hand to hand. It's truly a brilliant, lovely piece of literature.
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