Elijah of Buxton

 
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Elijah of Buxton
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September 01, 2007
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Newbery Medalist and CSK Award winner Christopher Paul Curtis's debut middle-grade/young-YA novel for Scholastic features his trademark humor, compelling storytelling, and unique narrative voice.

Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit. He's best known for having made a memorable impression on Frederick Douglass, but that 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. Elijah embarks on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the thief and 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 get back home.

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oh yeah!!!!
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Reader reviewed by peacechik

mann this book was awesome. i have to say though that it wasnt as good as curtis's other books, bud, not buddy and the watsons go to birmingham but it was preety close. its about this boy named elijah who lives in a free slaves settlement in canada called buxton. he is notorious in the settlement for being the first person born there free and of being "scary". anyway, elijah has a friend who wants to get the rest of his family free down south in the u.s. he lets a "preacher" take his money somewhere, i dont remember the reason, but he does and the preacher ends up stealing his money and elijah goes with his friend to find the $. or something like that. anyways,  i think this was definately a good book. and it was funny!!!! xD     
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Reader reviewed by Tabi,Conner,Ethan

Elijah of Buxton is a fun filled adventure book. It is a story a bot boy  a from Buxton,Canada that has to rescue his friends money because it was stolen.He has to go to Amarica to get the money back,along the way he makes many friends and faces many challenges.  I think you should read this because it will keep you on the edge of your seat.  The reason I like this book is it is so exciting and a little crazy.  I recommend this book for ages 9-13. 
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Reader reviewed by mlecompt

Elijah is the first free-born citizen of Buxton, a runaway slave settlement in Canada just north of the border. Most of the book follows him through his daily life in Buxton, but later events lead him to travel into Michigan, where he gets a first-hand view of slavery.

Christopher Paul Curtis has done it again. Elijah's thoughts and actions in Buxton are funny and real. Curtis gradually works up to the end of the book which is heart-breaking, but also hopeful. I cried for all of the last 50 pages. This book is amazing.
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