Elijah of Buxton

Elijah of Buxton

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In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American South, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.

Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis's Newbery Honor novel, featuring his trademark humor and unique narrative voice, is now part of the Scholastic Gold line!

Elijah of Buxton, recipient of the Newbery Honor and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. This edition includes exclusive bonus content!

Eleven-year-old Elijah lives in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border. Elijah's the first child in town to be born free, and he ought to be famous just for that -- not to mention for being the best at chunking rocks and catching fish. Unfortunately, all that most people see is a "fra-gile" boy who's scared of snakes and tends to talk 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.

ISBN: 9780439023450
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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Jun 25, 2018

I didn’t really like this book until the last few chapters, before that it was really boring because in every chapter there was a new topic and what happened in the last chapter wouldn’t continue. But if I were to rate the last part of the book it would have been a six but because nothing happened before that I would give he whole book a 2.5

Mar 22, 2018

I don't really like this book. It was just one little story in each chapter. Pretty boring. If the author could've kept the hoop snakes in the book that were in the first chapter, then it might've been more interesting. The real story didn't start until the last few chapters.

Jun 05, 2013

Naming a chapter "The Death of Mr. Leroy" is kind of a spoiler. Also, the whole slave-saving thing only happens at the very end. Also, he could have made it longer and not so big of a cliff hanger.

Sep 20, 2012

1853 slavery

Aug 19, 2012

Though more uneven in tone then some of Curtis' earlier work, Elijah of Buxton will still knock you over with its incredible beauty, terror, injustice, humour and courage.

RHill_biblio Oct 11, 2011


Aug 09, 2011

I agree with the others, slightly BORING in the first few chapters-betters a little in the last few. Not the best book I've read...not the worst. Pretty AVERAGE.

Apr 26, 2011

The plot starts off slow, and the use of old-fashioned slang made it hard to get into at first. I didn't see the point of all these random little stories he kept telling. Then, when the money is stolen and Elijah goes to find the thief and get it back, the suspense cranks up a notch. By the end, when he meets the slaves, I was crying my eyes out.

It's a great story because it doesn't have one of those predictable happy ever after endings.

vookad Nov 15, 2010

A fun, fascinating and at times heartbreaking read. I had no idea of the history of this part of Ontario. I had heard of the Underground Railroad but I hadn't read about what the former slaves who made it to Canada did. Now I want to visit North Buxton!

Oct 08, 2009

I'm still reading it. It is pretty good, well written, because the author really got into the character. adventuous, but could be better. I recommend it to anybody who likes history. At first it is pretty boring, but in the end, it was really exciting!

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sk Mar 30, 2009

Christopher Paul Curtis is an award winning author. In this book Elijah Freeman is the first child born free in Buxton, Canada. His whole life, he has lived among slaves who have escaped slavery. He doesn't know anything about slavery except from stories. When he desperately wants to help a good friend, he has to learn to get over his fear and be strong and brave.


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