Friday, December 28, 2007

Elijah of Buxton

It was refreshing to read Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis. Refreshing in that the depth of the character development of Elijah was superb. The desciption of the events and the characters pulls you into the story as if you are there with Elijah, fishing, going to the carnival, riding to Michigan to help a friend, or holding a small baby in your arms. Curtis makes you feel as Elijah feels. That's refreshing! Was it a nice, no brainer story to read? No, because it causes you to ponder on events of the past and what decisions you would make in Elijah's place. This is a realistic story with much to say, yet filled with some light hearted moments to make you smile. I would recommed it for mature fourth graders and older.
Elijah is a 12 year old boy living in Buxton, Canada in the 1840s. He is the first child born free in the settlement of former slaves. He deals with growing up wanting to be older, yet so tender hearted he's know as being fragile. He is a boy of good character and faces some difficult decisions. He sees first hand the sadness of slavery and the love of a family and community.
I really loved this book!

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