Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt. Not only is Turner Buckminster the son of the new minister, he is shunned for playing baseball differently than the local boys. Then he befriends Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from Malaga Island, a poor community founded by former slaves. Lizzie shows Turner a new world along the Maine coast. When the town elders decide to drive the people off the island to set up a tourist business, Turner stands alone against them.
July 1, 1912: Maine's 42-acre Malaga Island founded by Benjamin Darling, an ex-slave, ceased to exist. The State of Maine had driven the mixed race residents from their home— ridding this island of "its shiftless population of half-breed blacks and whites." Some were placed in the Maine Home for the Feeble Minded. Seventeen bodies were disinterred from the cemetery and reburied in five caskets on the grounds of the Maine Home for the Feeble Minded.