Parent reviews for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Common Sense says

A preacher's son stands up to a racist town.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews
Adult Written bykathryn1 January 8, 2015

Excellent writing, great story

I would recommend that kids below age 12 read this with an adult for clarification of the language and wording and in order to understand the background of some of the events. It is a wonderful, heart-wrenching story, but I think that based on my time in the 5th and 6th grade classroom, many 9 year-olds would struggle with it.

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Parent of a 17-year-old Written bylimehottie May 11, 2011

Perfect for sixth grade and beyond

I absolutely loved this book! The message was so good and the characters were amazing. I would very highly reccomend this book to anyone looking for a good read!

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Adult Written byMrs. Druckenmiller December 14, 2009

Great for the classroom

This is a great book to use in the classroom (maybe as a read-aloud) to introduce children to the concepts of racism and discrimination. It could lead to many positive discussions of how people are treated vs. how they should be treated.

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Adult Written bysoccersweetie8806 April 1, 2009

A Great Tale of Friendship

When Turner and his parents move Phippsburg, Maine Turner find life dull and stifling until he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a young African American girl from a nearby island. The two young children form a close bond despite Turner's fathers disapproval. The elders at Turner's fathers church decide that if they want to bring tourists in they would have to remove people on Malaga Island which is where Lizzie lives with her family.
This story paints of picture of racism in the early 20th century. It is a touching story but sad at the same time. It shows how young people can grown and mature drastically in front of a reader's eyes.