…this is it…the last post for the Black History Month Book Parade.
Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis was named a Newberry Honor Book, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year, finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and named an American Library Association Notable Book. Eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman is famous for being the first child to be born free in Buxton, Canada. Well, that and for throwing up on Frederick Douglass, but that is another story. Elijah is easy-going, kind and just a bit talkative (that might be an understatement). Not what you would consider to be a reckless or rambunctious boy, Elijah spends much of his days fishing and skipping stones. Since he was born free, he has no first hand knowledge of the horrors of living in the south and being a slave like his parents were before they escaped.
All of that changes when one day his friend’s money that he was saving to buy his family’s freedom was stolen by a former slave. Elijah joins his friend on a trip back across the border into America to recover his stolen money and Elijah is exposed to the harsh realities of life as a slave. What unfolds is a story of friendship, loyalty and courage. His journey is dangerous and yes, sometimes even funny, but it just could make a hero out of him if he can just make it back home. Intended for ages 11 and up.