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Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
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Feb 12, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, historical-fiction
Recommended for: young adults (11+)
Read in February, 2008

I really enjoyed Curtis' Bud, Not Buddy, and was excited to find out about this latest book. "Elijah" did not disappoint. Elijah is an 11-year-old boy, and the first in Buxton to be freeborn (loved the story about Frederick Douglass, heh heh). Buxton, in Canada, was a good-sized settlement consisting mostly of freed and escaped African Americans. As someone born free, some of the stories and the struggles his parents and the adults went through are just that -- stories -- to Elijah. But he discovers the horrors of slavery when he travels down to Michigan in an attempt to retreive money stolen from a neighbor by another resident. The ending is bittersweet, and not at all what I expected. But it fit, for Elijah sees firsthand the hardships endured by slaves.

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