Elijah of Buxton

Elijah of Buxton

Book - 2007
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In 1859, 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.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780439023443
0439023440
9780439023450
Call Number: CURTIS
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 22 cm
Subjects: Historical fiction, Juvenile.
Canada -- History -- 1763-1867 -- Juvenile fiction.
Canada -- Juvenile fiction.
North Buxton (Ont.) -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile fiction.
North Buxton (Ont.) -- Juvenile fiction.
Coretta Scott King Award.
Blacks -- Canada -- Juvenile fiction.
Slavery -- Juvenile fiction.
Liberty -- Juvenile fiction.

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Blaziken749
Jun 05, 2013

Naming a chapter "The Death of Mr. Leroy" is kind of a spoiler. Also, the whole slave-saving thing only happens at the very end. Also, he could have made it longer and not so big of a cliff hanger.

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primus
Sep 20, 2012

1853 slavery

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Incarnadine
Aug 19, 2012

Though more uneven in tone then some of Curtis' earlier work, Elijah of Buxton will still knock you over with its incredible beauty, terror, injustice, humour and courage.

RHill_biblio Oct 11, 2011

i THOUGHT IT WAS A REALLY GOOD BOOK.

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Petulla
Aug 09, 2011

I agree with the others, slightly BORING in the first few chapters-betters a little in the last few. Not the best book I've read...not the worst. Pretty AVERAGE.

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JackandPearl
Apr 26, 2011

The plot starts off slow, and the use of old-fashioned slang made it hard to get into at first. I didn't see the point of all these random little stories he kept telling. Then, when the money is stolen and Elijah goes to find the thief and get it back, the suspense cranks up a notch. By the end, when he meets the slaves, I was crying my eyes out.

It's a great story because it doesn't have one of those predictable happy ever after endings.

vookad Nov 15, 2010

A fun, fascinating and at times heartbreaking read. I had no idea of the history of this part of Ontario. I had heard of the Underground Railroad but I hadn't read about what the former slaves who made it to Canada did. Now I want to visit North Buxton!

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rosepetal16
Oct 08, 2009

I'm still reading it. It is pretty good, well written, because the author really got into the character. adventuous, but could be better. I recommend it to anybody who likes history. At first it is pretty boring, but in the end, it was really exciting!

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Aim_for_peace
Aug 05, 2009

A great story if you're a historical fiction fan.

TBKKGREEN Aug 05, 2009

I love historical fiction. This book was fairly slow until the last part where I couldn't put it down.

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sk Mar 30, 2009

Christopher Paul Curtis is an award winning author. In this book Elijah Freeman is the first child born free in Buxton, Canada. His whole life, he has lived among slaves who have escaped slavery. He doesn't know anything about slavery except from stories. When he desperately wants to help a good friend, he has to learn to get over his fear and be strong and brave.

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