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Elijah of Buxton


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ISBN13: 9780439023450
ISBN10: 0439023459
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Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis's Newbery Honor novel, featuring his trademark humor, unique narrative voice, and new cover art--now in paperback!

Eleven-year-old Elijah lives in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border. He's the first child in town to be born free, and he ought to be famous just for that. Unfortunately, all that most people see is a "fra-gile" boy who's scared of snakes and talks too much. But everything changes when a former slave steals money from Elijah's friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Now it's up to Elijah to track down the thief--and his dangerous journey just might make a hero out of him, if only he can find the courage to get back home.

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Beverly B, August 20, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Christopher Paul Curtis has once again created a young male character with brains, honor, and the innocence of youth. Elijah is a hero that middle grade readers will admire. He has a strong sense of personal responsibility, justice and fairness. He is an eleven year old boy who runs away from home and sneaks into dangerous foreign country to right a wrong he feels is his fault. Elijah is the first native born child in the town of Buxton, a highly successful Canadian community of runaway slaves from the states. Through Elijah's eyes we see how the physically and emotionally beaten down adults create a strong vibrant free world for their children. We also see through Elijah's eyes, when he runs off to the USA, the terror slaves lived with every day, and the faith that allowed them to keep going in spite of the terror.
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Curtis, Christopher Paul
Scholastic Paperbacks
People & Places - United States - African-American
History History
Canada Canada
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Ethnic - African American
Children s-General
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 19th Century
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from 4 up to 7
7.63 x 5.25 in
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