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Elijah of Buxton Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Elijah Freeman's known for two things.Read more ›
Young readers will laugh out loud as they accompany Elijah on hilarious adventures with Hoopsnakes, Moth Lions, and Chunking Stones. Students will feel empathy for Elijah as he realizes that he isn't the brightest bulb in Mr. Travis's class. Children struggling to grow into young adults will identify with the shame Elijah feels when he is teased and rebuked for being a "fragile boy". A vivid cast of characters peppers the book with spicy personality and captures the reader's interest more effectively Elijah's chunking stones capture fish. As Elijah interacts with former slaves, he realizes that the scars of slavery go deeper than the flesh. Elijah stumbles upon a hornet's nest of human nature when he utters a racial slur which causes a former slave to attack him. Throughout the book, glimpses of racism periodically appear, but Curtis skillfully encourages the reader to befriend Elijah so neither the reader or Elijah will face the atrocity of slavery alone.Read more ›
This title would be a great follow-up/companion book to Shelley Pearsall's Trouble Don't Last--a first person narrative like this one--which follows a young boy (not unlike Elijah) who is trying to escape to Canada on the Underground RR. Many kids who read that book want to know what happens to Samuel in Canada? What kind of a life do the former slaves create? Do their hopes and dreams become reality? Curtis' book takes readers there.
If I have any criticism, it is that ELIJAH OF BUXTON Is a bit slow starting, but once the author hits his stride, watch out! Those who read this book will learn a lot about slavery and its after effects. By turns hilarious and heart-breaking, children who read it will realize that even the most "fra-gile" boy is capable of being a hero, and helping to make the world a better place.
Elijah of Buxton has memorable characters. Elijah Freeman is the main character in a story that tells about events when he was eleven. The son of former slaves, Elijah is known in town as the first free child born in Buxton, Canada. He is a good boy with a lot of fears and anxiety. His mother calls him "fra-gile" because of his fears and strong emotions. Elijah is adventurous and skilled at hunting and fishing, and by the end of the book he shows an inner strength and determination that will make his parents stop calling him "fra-gile." Elijah is responsible and easy to like. He seems a little too easy to fool, however. The Preacher is a fast-talking, strange man who is a little too slick to be completely trustworthy. He attempts and sometime succeeds at some very grand plans, but you always wonder if his plans will backfire. Mr. Leroy is an extremely hard worker who hopes to buy his family from their owner in Virginia. He takes a risk to bring his family back sooner, and Mr. Leroy's plans get Elijah tangled up in a dangerous journey. Elijah's mother and father are good, sensible parents who do their best to raise Elijah right. They will be surprised at the daring of their "fra-gile" boy.
I enjoyed Elijah's adventures in school and the woods around town.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was amazing. It had so many funny parts and some really serious parts. Elijah was an awesome little boy and very strong character.Published 12 days ago
It was such a great book! I was so evolved. It was very heartwarming. All of Christopher Paul Curtis's books are excellent!Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book for 5th graders who are strong readers! I love this book, but students definitely need background knowledge of the civil war and slavery to understand Elijah's... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Kaity
It's about a boy who goes on an adventure to the United States to retrieve money stoled from his friend
This was an optional summer reading book for my rising 8th grader. He enjoyed the read and indicated how easy it was to follow the plot.Published 1 month ago by Alice Jenkins
This book ends with a almost unsolve problem. So, it isn't as satisfying as you would like it to be. One thing that suprised me throughout the book is the author's speech choice. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Scanlon
Ths book was the BEST book that I have ever read!!! I don't what people are saying that there teacher made them, well my teacher made me read it to and I am very glad that she did. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeffersen