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    Elijah of Buxton

    Elijah of Buxton

    by Christopher Paul Curtis

    Elijah, born into freedom in a Canadian settlement of runaway slaves, ventures on a dangerous journey to the U.S. "An emotional range and a subtlety unusual in children's fiction."—Booklist

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    Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border. But when a former slave steals money from Elijah's friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity, Elijah embarks on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the thief, and he discovers first-hand the unimaginable horrors of the life his parents fled. "Show[s] an emotional range and a subtlety unusual in children's fiction. A fine, original novel from a gifted storyteller." - Booklist

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Elijah of Buxton

Author: Christopher Paul Curtis

Interest Level:
3-7

Lexile Framework:
1070L

Grade Level Equivalent:
6

Guided Reading Level:
W

Age:
8-12

Genre:
Historical Fiction

Subject:
Slavery, Underground Railroad, Abolition, Equality, Fairness, Justice, Confronting and Resolving Fears, African American, Canada

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Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis lends his trademark humor and vibrant narrative style to the gripping tale of eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman.

The first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit, Elijah is best known in his hometown as the boy who threw up on Frederick Douglass. (Not on purpose, of course — he was just a baby then!)

But things change when a former slave calling himself the Right Reverend Zephariah W. Connerly the Third steals money from Elijah's friend Mr. Leroy, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the south. Elijah joins Mr. Leroy on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the disreputable preacher, and he discovers firsthand the unimaginable horrors of the life his parents fled — a life from which he'll always be free, if he can find the courage to go back home.

Exciting, yet evocative, heart-wrenching, yet hilarious, Elijah of Buxton is Christopher Paul Curtis at his very best — and it's an unforgettable testament to the power of hope.

Elijah of Buxton is the winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and a Newbery Honor Book for 2008.


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