rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed listening to this book.
“The Buckminster Boy” is Turner, a minister’s son who has recently moved to a small Maine town. He learns the hard way that he doesn’t quite fit in his new community. Left on his own, he does the unthinkable– he makes friends with Lizzie Bright, a black girl from a poor community on Malaga Island.
Turner learns that adults don’t always do the right thing, but that doesn’t stop his attempts to do so.
For the most part, Turner seemed like a real kid to me. Perhaps he was a little too good to be true, but he wasn’t perfect. I liked seeing how he grew as the book continued. The secondary characters were an interesting bunch. Just as I’d start to think that although they were interesting, they were also flat, one of them would surprise me with some character development or show a new side.
The writing was terrific– the descriptions were vivid, and the story really moved along. The narration kept me tuned in to the book, bringing it to life.
Thinking back on it, the book could be seen as heavy on the lessons, but the story was less about the morals, and more about Turner forming his views of the issues. These parts were well balanced with the more adventurous aspects of the story.
I can see why this book was a Printz and Newbery Honor Book. I’ll recommend this book to my 11 year old. I actually wish I’d saved it for our upcoming road trip, I’m not sure I’ll want to listen to it again that soon.