#BOOK ⚢ Elijah of Buxton · eBook or E-pub free

This is a book everyone should read Normally I don t enjoy books that other people say, You should read I did learn a lot from this book, but I also enjoyed it immensely I think it would be very difficult NOT to like Elijah He is a very complex young man, living what seems to be a very simple life The dialect is sometimes a bit difficult to understand I think I would have enjoyed it even if I had listened to someone read the first few chapters, but eventually I was able to hear the dialect in my head School, riding an old mule vs horse, fishing, parents it all seems normal until suddenly it doesn t The normal to oh can happen in a paragraph, sometimes in a single sentence It s a book that kept me doing some mental gymnastics It didn t just hold my interest it kept me fascinated In places it shocked me In places I cried And then I got to that amazing final chapter It s been weeks since I first read this book I ve reread it twice and I still don t know exactly what I m feeling throughout that final chapter I feel sick I feel proud I m horrified And elated I put the book down and try to think, but I m feeling too much to think I ve learned a lot from Elijah of Buxton And I m still learning. #BOOK Ë Elijah of Buxton ì Newbery Medalist And CSK Award Winner Christopher Paul Curtis S Debut Middle Grade Young YA Novel For Features His Trademark Humor, Compelling Storytelling, And Unique Narrative VoiceEleven Year Old Elijah Is The First Child Born Into Freedom In Buxton, Canada, A Settlement Of Runaway Slaves Just Over The Border From Detroit He S Best Known In His Hometown As The Boy Who Made A Memorable Impression On Frederick Douglass But Things Change When A Former Slave Steals Money From Elijah S Friend, Who Has Been Saving To Buy His Family Out Of Captivity In The South Elijah Embarks On A Dangerous Journey To America In Pursuit Of The Thief, And He Discovers Firsthand The Unimaginable Horrors Of The Life His Parents Fled A Life From Which He Ll Always Be Free, If He Can Find The Courage To Get Back Home Joyful and tragic Spirit soaring and gut wrenching Laughter and tears Such is the story of Elijah of Buxton Only Christopher Paul Curtis can take me to the lowest depths of man s inhumanity and then bring me back on the path of hope and resilience As always, his ability to capture the child s voice and experience is superior Curtis will have you feeling you are that young boy growing up as the town s first child born in freedom A must read for children and adults, for schools and for homes. Don t tell the kids that Elijah of Buxton is an historical fiction, or they will refuse to read it Tell them it is about an eleven year old boy who runs away from home and sneaks into another country to right a wrong he feels is his fault Christopher Paul Curtis has once again created a young male character with brains, honor, and the innocence of youth Elijah is the first native born child in the town of Buxton, a highly successful Canadian community of ex slaves from the states Through Elijah s eyes we see how the physically and emotionally beaten down adults create a strong vibrant free world for their children We also see through Elijah s eyes, when he runs off to the USA, the terror slaves lived with every day, and the faith that allowed them to keep going in spite of the terror. This has been a staple in my 5 th grade classroom Mostly the boys tend to gravitate toward the novel One my focus reading group selected it as their novel choice Although the dialect was is a little tough Group meetings help to clarify any misinterpretations My other groups kept asking what s so funny as there were many outburst of laughter I love love this book I included the audio with the group so they could hear the dialect from a different person I have also done this as a whole class book and that went well Some of my other colleagues borrowed my class set and their students enjoyed this book as well. Elijah of Buxton was a wonderful book It was full of information about slavery, those who escaped from slavery, and the new settlement in Canada One thing that struck me was that some of the anecdotes about particular people were a little bit heavy and could be difficult to read, particularly for children But, there was also so much humor in the book, as well One theme is that Elijah is referred to as a fragile child But, by the end of the story, you see that he has accomplished things that many adults would not have been able to accomplish Parts of the story were sad, such as when Mr Leroy basically dies of a broken heart.I knew that slaves had escaped into Canada, but I never knew anything about Buxton Because my dad is from Ontario and most of my family lives in that province, there was a sense of pride in Canada being their promised land I look forward to reading books from Mr Curtis.