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    Elijah of Buxton (EBK)

    by Curtis, Christopher Paul

    Elijah was the first child born into freedom in a Canadian settlement of runaway slaves. When a friend's money is stolen, Elijah takes off on a dangerous journey to America, and there he discovers firsthand the unimaginable horrors of the enslaved life his parents fled—a life from which he'll always be free, if he can find the courage to make it back home to Canada.

    This story won both a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Author Award. Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis brings his trademark humor, compelling storytelling, and vibrant writing to this gripping historical adventure!

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    Elijah of Buxton (Storia eBook Plus digital Teacher's Guide) (EBK)

    Elijah of Buxton (Storia eBook Plus digital Teacher's Guide) (EBK)

    by Christopher Paul Curtis

    Eleven-year-old Elijah was the first child born free in Buxton Settlement, a Canadian town founded by former slaves. To them, Elijah has never been toughened up by tragedy—and he does have a tendency to be easily frightened, jumping at tall tales about snakes and running away at the slightest sign of danger. But he will have to put his fears aside when a fast-talking con artist makes off with the money that Elijah's friend had been saving to buy his family's freedom. To help his friend track down the thief, Elijah must abandon the safety of Buxton and cross the border into the United States—a country where slavery is still legal. During his travels he'll seek the help of gamblers, outwit vicious dogs, and come face to face with the horrors of slavery for the first time—while learning about the enormous sacrifices it took to make him free.

    This Complimentary Teacher's Guide Includes:

    • A brief summary of the novel's plot and characters
    • Resources that explore writer Christopher Paul Curtis's influences and the story behind Elijah of Buxton
    • Vocabulary-building exercises involving historically important words
    • Discussion questions and writing prompts that encourage students to make inferences and analyze themes
    • Content area connections to geography (the Underground Railroad) and science (the North Star)
    • Creative-writing activities that will deepen students' connection to the novel
    • Suggestions for other thought-provoking works of historical fiction

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Elijah of Buxton

Author: Christopher Paul Curtis

Interest Level:
3-7

Lexile Framework:
1070L

Grade Level Equivalent:
7.5

Guided Reading Level:
X

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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