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Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
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Aug 07, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, middle-grade
Read from August 07 to 31, 2012

I don't remember ever having such a complete change of heart about a novel before. When I started this book, I found the stories of the free-born boy growing up in Canada during the early 1800's mildly amusing, but after awhile, the vignettes about the town of Buxton and its quirky residents got a little old. There was so much story here, and it wasn't coming together.

Then, about two-thirds of the way through the novel, everything changed. The action started and the vignettes began to come together to create a powerful plot. I began to love Elijah and hope that he would become the man he so desperately wanted to be.

While I'd only give the first half of this book three stars, I'd give the ending ten, but I suppose I can settle for five. After all, it did make me cry on the bus coming home from work, so I can justify knocking a star and a half off for that embarrassment.
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