Elijah of Buxton
Elijah of Buxton

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Annotation: 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.
Catalog Number: #19059
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
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Copyright Date: 2007
Edition Date: 2009
Pages: 341 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-439-02345-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-15231-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-439-02345-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-15231-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2007005181
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
Starred Review ALA Booklist (Sat Sep 01 00:00:00 CDT 2007)
Coretta Scott King Award
School Library Journal Starred Review
ALA Booklist (Sat Sep 01 00:00:00 CDT 2007)
Newbery Honor
National Council For Social Studies Notable Children's Trade
Publishers Weekly
Voice of Youth Advocates
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Wilson's High School Catalog
Wilson's Junior High Catalog
Word Count: 77,916
Reading Level: 5.4
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.4 / points: 12.0 / quiz: 117751 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:7.5 / points:17.0 / quiz:Q41206
Lexile: 980L
Guided Reading Level: W
Fountas & Pinnell: W

Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis's Newbery Honor novel, featuring his trademark humor, unique narrative voice, and new cover art--now in paperback!

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.