Turner has only lived in Phippsburg, Maine for a few hours but he's ready to leave. He and his father, the reverend, and his mother have moved into this new town and Turner is looking for friendship and a place to belong. So far he's found some boys who want to test him and taunt him. Then, he finds Lizzie, an African American girl who is going to offer him a friend who is a full, complete human being. The two begin exploring together and build an amazing understanding and an astonishing friendship. Turner has sinned by throwing rocks at Mrs. Cobb's fence and house and is going to have to make amends by reading to the old lady every afternoon When Mrs. Cobb finds Turner in her home wearing only his underwear, he has to read to her and play the organ every afternoon. The group of amenders stretches to include Lizzie who cautiously brings her beautiful self to the sessions but does not speak. Now Lizzie is one of the African Americans who lives on Malaga island. It's Maine and it's 1912 and the people of Phippsburg have decided to drive the entire African American community off the island so they can turn it into a revenue producing tourist resort. The African Americans have lived on the island for 160 years and are not eager to leave. Based on a true story, Turner is now faced with some difficult decisions. He will need to turn away from his childhood securities and venture forth into the less familiar adult world and that will mean making some tough choices and seeing them through despite the consequences. This is trademark Gary Schmidt. The power of the look in his father's eye as he stumbles off a cliff and the look in the eye of a whale that Lizzie and Turner are blessed to find will offer a lesson and a message good enough to build a life upon. A two hankie book and not to be missed.