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Elijah of Buxton

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Elijah of Buxton
by Christopher Paul Curtis 

Eleven-year-old Elijah lives in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border. He's the first child in town to be born free, and he ought to be famous just for that. Unfortunately, all that most people see is a "fra-gile" boy who's scared of snakes and talks too much. But everything changes when a former slave steals money from Elijah's friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Now it's up to Elijah to track down the thief--and his dangerous journey just might make a hero out of him, if only he can find the courage to get back home.

This book won the prestigious Newbery Award for children's literature.   It's a great historical fiction book to use when teaching about slavery.

Grade Level:
    6th grade     7th grade     8th grade 

Reading Level:   Guided Reading Level W     DRA Level 60

Book Type:   chapter book

Related Lists:  Newbery Award      historical fiction      slavery     history


Condition:  This book is used but in good condition. There's very little or no water damage, torn pages, damage to the spine, or writing on the outer cover or inside pages. Occasionally there's the previous owner's name / inscription on the inside front cover. NOTE: There are two different covers for this book. The one you get will be one of those shown here.