11 June 2009

Thursday Tea (June 11): Lizzie Bright . . . by Gary D. Schmidt

Thursday Tea is hosted by Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog. Here's how it works: Tell us what tea you are drinking (and if you like it). And then tell us what book are you reading (and if you like it). Finally, tell us if they go together.

The Tea

This week I'm drinking Adagio's English breakfast tea. It's a "black Keemun tea from the Anhui region of China." It's been raining almost every day here, and this tea (despite its name) is a great afternoon pick-me-up.

The Book

This week I'm listening to Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt. It's a middle reader book based on a true story of a Maine town at the turn of the twentieth century. Two young teens, Turner Buckminster and Lizzie Bright Griffin, develop an unlikely friendship as the relationship between the elders in their respective communities begins to deteriorate. Racial and socioeconomic prejudices and the difficulties of standing up for what you know is right are some of the issues Schmidt focuses on.

The Assessment

English breakfast tea is the perfect choice for this book. The conservative and proper citizens of Phippsburg, Maine, would not likely reach for anything more exotic.

Now it's your turn: What are you reading this week? What's in your glass or mug?


BooksPlease 6/11/09, 8:27 AM  

I haven't seen this weekly event before. I'm drinking Redbush tea and I don't think it matches any of the books I'm reading - certainly not "Jane Austen: a life" by Claire Tomalin.

Julie P. 6/11/09, 8:42 AM  

My favorite meme! I'm sitting here having vanilla biscotti coffee, but I keep telling myself it's time to make some iced tea and keep it in the fridge -- maybe mint?

bermudaonion 6/11/09, 8:43 AM  

I agree, the citizens of Phippsburg would never go for an exotic tea. I feel pressure when someone reads/listens to one of my recommendations, so I hope you really like this book.

Whitney 6/11/09, 10:57 AM  

I'm not drinking anything too exciting, just a regular black tea. Both your book and tea look good, I'll have to look for them!

Louise 6/11/09, 11:58 AM  

Think this sounds like a fun weekly and I will go to Anastasia's blog and check it out :o)

bethany (dreadlock girl) 6/11/09, 12:09 PM  

time for me to bust out some white plumb tea! You are always inspiring me to drink more tea :)

Dorte H 6/11/09, 4:23 PM  

Today I have neither been listening nor reading. I have written a complete crime novel in six parts (500 words all in all) ;D

So as you can imagine, I have hardly had time to drink anything.

The Reading Momster 6/12/09, 1:04 AM  

I had a Tulsi+ ginger tea.. and it was really good for the running nose issues that I have had this last week :)

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