Elijah of Buxton

Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Ontario, a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border. 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.


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Awards for Elijah of Buxton

Newbery Honor Book

Coretta Scott King Author Award

Scott O’Dell Award

IRA Notable Book for a Global Society

New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

Booklist Editors’ Choice

Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

Jane Addams Children’s Honor Book for

Younger Children Category


Praise for Elijah of Buxton

"As in his previous novels, Curtis is a master at balancing the serious and the lighthearted... His latest book is another natural award candidate and makes an excellent case, in a story positively brimming with both truth and sense, for the ability of historical fiction to bring history to life."—New York Times Book Review

"Here's a pre-Civil War history lesson wrapped in an adventure story."—USA Today

"Curtis has created a vivid setting that is easy to imagine. When the action begins, you'll want to race through the pages."—The Washington Post

⭐ "This is Curtis's best novel yet, and no doubt many readers, young and old, will finish and say, 'This is one of the best books I have ever read.'"
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

⭐ "Many readers drawn to the book by humor will find themselves, at times, on the edges of their seats in suspense and, at others, moved to tears. A fine, original novel from a gifted storyteller."
—Booklist, starred review

⭐ "This arresting, surprising novel of reluctant heroism is about nothing less than nobility."
—The Horn Book, starred review

⭐ "Curtis's talent for dealing with painful periods of history with grace and sensitivity is as strong as ever."
School Library Journal, starred review

"Elijah of Buxton is sure to become a classic -- for readers of all ages."—BookPage

"The Newbery Medal judges should just go ahead and put Christopher Paul Curtis on speed dial."
—The Christian Science Monitor

"Curtis is a genius storyteller..."—Detroit Free Press


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