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Elijah of Buxton

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by Christopher Paul Curtis
     
 

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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,

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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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As a first-generation freeborn black, 11-year-old Elijah Buxton had no direct experience with slavery. That changes, however, when a thief steals money set aside for freeing a friend's enslaved family. Elijah sets off rapidly in pursuit, leaving behind his Canadian home and crossing into dangerous American territory, where he encounters terrifying evidence of the grievous human cost of slavery. History is made palpable in this novel by Newbery Medal winner Christopher Paul Curtis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439023443
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/06/2007
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
683,016
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
1070L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Christopher Paul Curtis’ first novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, was awarded both a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor. His second novel, Bud, Not Buddy, won the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award in 2000. He is also the author of the Golden Kite Award-winning Bucking the Sarge, Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, and Mr. Chickee’s Messy Mission. These titles are all available on audio from Listening Library.

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Elijah of Buxton 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
csi-51 More than 1 year ago
Great book for summer reading
Guest More than 1 year ago
Newbery winning author Christopher Paul Curtis has written 2 of my favorite historical novels, "Bud, Not Buddy" and now "Elijah of Buxton". I'd recommend both these books to anyone, but especially to kids aged 8-12.Elijah is a free-born boy growing up in the real town of Buxton, Ontario, a place where former slaves lived in relative safety before the Civil War. When a thief steals the money intended to buy a slave family's freedom, Elijah sets off in pursuit to get the money back. On his journey, he must avoid bounty hunters looking for runaway slaves to take back to the US. Determined to do the right thing, Elijah is optimistic, resourseful, and very brave.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elijah of Buxton is a hero for youngsters of all ages. Elijah of Buxton is laugh out loud humor and powerful history combined in one book. Christopher Paul Curtis has written another powerful story to make us understand history clearer. Mr. Curtis is able to bring the characters to life with each page. You can feel the joy and pain the slaves, freedmen and former slaves feel in the style Mr. Curtis writes. I recommend this book to all teachers for the classroom, history buffs and avid readers.
AndrewcAC More than 1 year ago
In the Newberry Medal winning story, Elijah of Buxton, Elijah is a cowardly eleven year old living in a free settlement in Canada. He is the first child born free in the settlement of Buxton. During the celebration Elijah Freeman threw up on Fredrick Douglas, who was considered to be the smartest man who had ever escaped from slavery. Elijah is an excellent worker and fisher, but is very afraid of snakes and other simple things in life. The preacher, who carries around a pistol everywhere he goes, says that his talent of fishing is a true gift from above. When Mr. Leroy, who is a friend of Elijah's, earns enough money to buy his family out of slavery, the preacher, who was thought to have been a friend, steals his money. Elijah sets off and crosses the American border into Michigan to hunt the preacher down and get Mr. Leroy's money back. Although the story progresses slowly, and younger readers may become bored very quickly, Christopher Paul Curtis does a great job at introducing almost everybody in Buxton. He makes you feel like your right in the story, experiencing everything the main character (Elijah) goes through and all of his adventures. This was the best book I have ever read, thank you Christopher Paul Curtis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very intresting book!! I love that this book has cliff hangers and lots of suspense that makes you not want to put the book down!! I highly reccomend buying this book!!
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Loved this book
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I really lov books lik the/ wastons go to birmingham-1963.but ths book is really cool too!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that it was very insightful and i like how Elijah is very detailed in the book
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I read this book in 6th grade and have been looking for it since then. I think all ages should read this book because it has so much detail and is just a good book overall. This book is a good reminder of what happend to the slaves before and after they were free and able to have more freedom. F you want a good read about former slaves and want o get a cheap book then this is the book to get. Like i said before, this book has so much detail and pulled me in and made me feel like i was there with the characters. But if you want more good books to read, create a profile on Howrse and friend jamie45 and say more books please and i will recomend som good reads. Please contact jamie45 on Howrse. THANKS FOR READING THIS REVIEW HOPE IT HELPED!!! : - )
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great story love this book
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Wonderful wrie
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My fav part was when Elijah put the toady frog in mama's sweater and for payback mama put a snake in the cookie jar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this it is so great. Also very adventourus or however you spell that I don't have a grammer check! So dont push me Im tired so exuse my spelling.
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