Synopsis: 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 back of the book)
Review: I hate this book. Hate. And I gave it 8 bookmarks because of that. Here is what I hated: I hated how the people treated Turner. I hated how Mr. Stonecrop used people for their money and claimed it was God's will. I hated how the Hurds treated Mrs. Hurd and Turner and Lizzie. I hated how the town thought it was God's will to destroy the lives of the people on Malaga Island. I hated, hated, hated how it ended. I hated how the lyrical poetry of Schmidt's words contrasted with the meanness of the plot. I hated that it's based on a true story.
I'm giving it 8 bookmarks because it is rare for a book to grab my heart and emotions so strongly, so deeply. Truly, this is an exceptional volume of literature.
Bookmarks: 8 of 10
Awards: Newbery Honor, 2005
Date Finished: 12-8-2013