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Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
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Feb 27, 12

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fic

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message 1: by L12 VANESSA (last edited Feb 27, 2012 08:32PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

L12 VANESSA PEOPLESMARTIN Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis could be used for grades 3-Young Adults. In this historical fiction the author drew me into the book with humor and suspence. This book contained very emotional moments. At times it made me laugh and then made me want to cry. The story demonstrates the truth about slavery such as brandages, shackles, lynchings, starvation, and sucide. The books setting is in the mid 1860's in Buxton Canada. The author did an excellent job portraying the everyday life in Buxton. He conveyed the full sadness and horror of the Buxton residents experiences. Elijah is the fictional hero. He is the first born child on the settlement to be born into freedom. His mother and some of the residents in the community called him a "fragile" child.His life was made up of family, school, chores, fishing, and stories about life as slaves. Elijah is an elven year old boy who narrates the story. He develops throughout the story as he experiences the world around him. Elijah demonstrates courage in this story as he embarks a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of a theif. This book displays several topics such as oppression, hope, courage, freedom, slavery and choice. This is a wonderful chapter book to read during Black History Month. I would use this book for grades 3 a a read aloud and would ask lots of questions throughout the book to make sure that students are understanding what is going on. For grades 4 and up this would be a great book for literature circles or independent reading. This is a great book to use for learning about slavery.


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