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Elijah of Buxton

Curtis, Christopher Paul

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Elijah of Buxton
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: 9780439023450
Branch Call Number: J FIC C
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jun 05, 2013
  • Blaziken749 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 19, 2012
  • Incarnadine rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 11, 2011
  • RHill_biblio rated this: 4 stars out of 5.


Aug 09, 2011
  • Petulla rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 26, 2011
  • JackandPearl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Nov 18, 2010
  • vookad rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Oct 08, 2009
  • rosepetal16 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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!

Aug 05, 2009
  • Aim_for_peace rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 05, 2009
  • TBKKGREEN rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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

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Nov 03, 2011
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Apr 21, 2009
  • sk rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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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