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Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
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Apr 07, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction
Recommended for: Grades 4 and Up
Read in April, 2008

Elijah is the first freeborn child in Buxton, Canada, a small community just across the border from Michigan which was settled by escaped and freed slaves from the United States. To eleven year old Elijah, whose story this is, that means bragging rights over Emma, the second freeborn child. But over the course of this powerful and very moving story, freedom comes to mean something entirely different to Elijah.

Kirkus: "Readers, young and old, will finish and say, 'This is one of the best books I have ever read.'" (11/15/07)

SLJ: "Curtis's talent for dealing with painful periods of history with grace and sensitivity is as strong as ever." (Oct 07)

CIP:In 1860, 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.
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