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Elijah of Buxton

  Curtis, Chrisopher Paul

Publisher: Scholastic
Number of Pages: 341
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Historical fiction

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Youth Fiction

Reading Level:



Newbery Honor

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Why I liked this title:

Looking for a book that you won't want to put down? You've just found it! At 11 years old, Elijah Freeman is already famous in his town of Buxton. First of all, he has the most amazing throwing arm you have ever seen. He can catch fish and put out candles with a rock! Second, he was the first child born in freedom in Buxton, a beautiful town in Canada which was home to people who had escaped slavery in the American South. Third, he once threw up on Frederick Douglass, the famous former slave and abolitionist-- and no one in town lets him forget it! Elijah tells us all about his life in Buxton as if we were his best friends, and the story moves from laugh-out-loud slapstick to frightening suspense. You'll love Elijah, you'll love Buxton, and you'll love the story of a boy born in freedom who learns about slavery first-hand.

Reviewed by: Mary Michell on 9/30/2007

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