Bluffton: My Summers with Buster

By PHELAN, Matt

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ISBN
978-0-7636-5079-7
Publisher
Candlewick


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on July 1, 2013  |  Graphic Novels

Gr 3–6—Henry and his hometown of Muskegon, Michigan, may be ordinary, but neighboring Bluffton is anything but. The year is 1908, and vaudevillians have come to the resort town to relax for the summer. Intrigued by the visitors, Henry heads off to Bluffton and meets a young actor named Buster Keaton. The two boys quickly become friends, but each of them yearns for what the other has-Henry wants a life of show business and fame, while Buster wants a normal life fi...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on July 1, 2013

This graphic novel tells the fictionalized story of Buster Keaton’s boyhood summertime stays in Bluffton, Michigan, with the Actor’s Colony. Even if today’s kids don’t recognize Keaton, they will still enjoy the story of protagonist Henry, whose summers are immensely enlivened by the annual visit of the vaudevillians, including a boy his age named Buster. Son of the town storekeeper, Henry is enchanted by the stories the acting folks tell and the tricks they do, and ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on August 1, 2013

This fictional story about the young Buster Keaton, told by a childhood friend named Henry, depicts the entertainer as a bright, charismatic, mischievous, troubling, and ultimately inscrutable boy. Matt Phelan’s lush illustr...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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