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Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Book Summary

Elijah, the first free-born child in a Canadian community of former slaves in 1860, doesn't have many worries, except for some teasing from his parents.  Soon, though, he is drawn into more serious concerns, following a disreputable preacher to recover money for a neighbor, who is hoping to rescue his family from slavery.  Elijah's journey opens his eyes to many different kinds of people, as well as the horrors of enslavement, and he grows from a child to a young man over the course of the story.

Elijah of Buxton book cover
Elijah of Buxton

Book Review

Distinctive voice, and an important story. This book includes some disturbing, mature content. It is a powerful story worth discussing in depth.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Canadian settlements of former slaves; Buxton; in the 1800s
  • Growing Up
  • Truth, Dignity, Honor
  • Deciding What Kind of Person You Want to Be

Discussion Questions for this book:

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