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*Starred Review* After his mother rebukes him for screaming that hoop snakes have invaded Buxton, gullible 11-year-old Elijah confesses to readers that "there ain't nothing in the world she wants more than for me to quit being so doggone fra-gile." Inexperienced and prone to mistakes, yet kind, courageous, and understanding, Elijah has the distinction of being the first child born in the Buxton Settlement, which was founded in Ontario in 1849 as a haven for former slaves. Narrator Elijah tells an episodic story that builds a broad picture of Buxton's residents before plunging into the dramatic events that take him out of Buxton and, quite possibly, out of his depth. In the author's note, Curtis relates the difficulty of tackling the subject of slavery realistically through a child's first-person perspective. Here, readers learn about conditions in slavery at a distance, though the horrors become increasingly apparent. Among the more memorable scenes are those in which Elijah meets escaped slavesfirst, those who have made it to Canada and, later, those who have been retaken by slave catchers. Central to the story, these scenes show an emotional range and a subtlety unusual in children's fiction. Many readers drawn to the book by humor will find themselves at times on the edges of their seats in suspense and, at other moments, moved to tears. A fine, original novel from a gifted storyteller. Phelan, Carolyn
Christopher Paul Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan. After high school graduation, he worked on the assembly line of the Fisher Body Plant for 13 years, until Christopher took a year off work to write his first novel. The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 won a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor book citation in 1996. Bud, Not Buddy received the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award in 2000. His most recent book, Elijah of Buxton, has garnered multiple awards, including a Newbery Honor, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, the TD Children's Literature Book Award and the CLA Book of the Year, and was a finalist in the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature. "This novel came to me in a way that was far different than any other," says Curtis. "From the word 'go' Elijah and I became close friends. When I'd go to the library to write, it was as if he were anxiously waiting for me, waiting to tell about his life, his worries, his adventures."See all Editorial Reviews
This is a book everyone should read. Normally I don't enjoy books that other people say, "You *should* read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Christopher Paul Curtis did a great job on this book and it had a lot of funny moments and moments that made you want to cryPublished 4 months ago by KS
It was a good book. My students really enjoyed it. I used it as a Literature Circle BookPublished 4 months ago by savy shopper
It sucks BAD!!! My teacher makes me read it because its a assignment. What im trying to say is that please DO NOT torture your self by reading THIS BOOK!!!!!Published 4 months ago by Celee Croxton
im 11 in 5th grade i almost cried in this book our teacher read it for read aloud it was so sad but good RIP Mr.Leroy poor LeroyPublished 5 months ago by Deborah Thoms
The book was okay. The book starts out really slow and at about the middle of the book it gets going. The only thing that made it a bit hard to read was the language. Read morePublished 7 months ago by kalli sampson
Once I grew comfortable with the dialect, I was hooked. This novel draws the reader into the story masterfully. Read morePublished 7 months ago by shillarilla