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Elijah of Buxton to Be Published October 2007

New York, NY (October 19, 2006) -- Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, is delighted to announce the acquisition of worldwide rights to Newbery Medalist and Coretta Scott King Award winner Christopher Paul Curtis’s next novel, Elijah of Buxton, scheduled for publication in October 2007. The deal was negotiated by Andrea Pinkney, Vice President, Editor-at-Large, Scholastic.
Set in 1860, Elijah of Buxton is the story of Elijah, an eleven-year-old, first-generation freeborn child. Elijah’s Canadian town of Buxton, located just 40 miles from Detroit, serves as a haven for runaway slaves and their children, where Blacks can live free and govern themselves away from the horrors of pre-emancipation America. When one former slave steals money from another who has been saving to buy his family’s freedom, Elijah finds himself kidnapped and dragged to Michigan in pursuit of the thief. Both humorous and heart-wrenching, readers of Elijah of Buxton will find themselves smiling along with Elijah, even as he courageously faces unimaginable hardships. In an accessible, unforgettable voice, the author presents a slice of history not often seen in middle grade fiction.
“Christopher Paul Curtis is one of the brightest talents writing for young people today. In this new novel, he delights readers with his trademark humor, unique narrative voice, and brilliant storytelling. We’re very pleased to welcome Mr. Curtis – and Elijah – to the Scholastic family,” said Andrea Davis Pinkney, Vice President, Editor-at-Large, Scholastic.
“I am very excited about the upcoming publication of Elijah of Buxton,” said Christopher Paul Curtis. “This novel came to me in a way that is far different than any other. From the word ‘go’ Elijah and I became close friends. When I’d go to the library to write, it was as if he was anxiously waiting for me, waiting to tell about his life, his worries, his adventures,” Curtis explained.  
Christopher Paul Curtis grew up in Flint, Michigan. After high school, he worked for thirteen years on the assembly line at the Fisher Body Plant. During this time he began drafting his first novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 (published in 1995), which became the first book ever to receive both a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor. Curtis’s second novel, Bud, Not Buddy (1999) won the 2000 Newbery Medal. Like The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963, Bud, Not Buddy combines elements of the author’s own family heritage with important threads in recent American history. Curtis and his wife and two children, live in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
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