Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
For my October free choice reading book, I chose Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. This book really touched me, this book is about racism and misfortune.
The book starts out by introducing Turner Buckminster and how her is moving from Boston to Phippsburg. Throughout the story Turner is constantly messing up and making mistakes, and being a total embarrassment in front of his father, who is a minister, which is the reason they’re moving. Somewhere in the middle of the book, Turner meets Lizzie, who is the first “n****” as they say in the book, that he has ever talked to, immediately as he meets her, he really likes her, and continues to play with her and go to Malaga Island to meet her family, this is where Turner says it feels like home. Eventually the town folk of Phippsburg find out he is hanging out with the black community on Malaga Island. One of the old women, Mrs. Cobb, who Turner has been reading to, dies while this is happening The people of Phippsburg think that selling Mrs.
Cobb’s house would greatly help the town, but her will says otherwise, she has given the house to Turner. Turner doesn’t know what to do with the house, but then decides to give the house to Lizzie, and what do the people decide to do? They decide to burn the island and kill the people on it, Turner’s father tries to stop them but ends up falling off the cliff leading to the bay and…dies. So in the end, Turner is constantly doing good things and helping everyone out, and what does he get in return? Almost everyone he loved dies, this is what made the book so good, because of how touching it was. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good, short and marvelous book. Along with the Black Lives Matter protest, this book really goes against it, and makes you feel better about yourself and the people around you.