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Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
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Feb 27, 10

bookshelves: historical-fiction, juvenile-lit
Read in February, 2010

What a fun book! It has dialect throughout since it's in the first person (which I know annoys some people, but I almost always enjoy it). The main character is a WONDERFUL character. He says really funny things and has great insights into life (especially adults). He also provides a good contrast to the really hard subjects that are behind this book, like slavery. The book didn't end the way I expected because the main issue wasn't resolved-- and that jarred me a little bit--but it made sense that the main issue wasn't resolved and at least it does end with hope (no pun intended). The one thing about the resolution being switched was that I felt like there should be some commentary on it from the main character, but there wasn't. This book introduced me to the Buxton settlement in Canada and made me want to visit and learn more about its history.

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