Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis's Newbery Honor novel, featuring his trademark humor, unique narrative voice, and new cover art--now in e-book! 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... read more
Elijah is the first child born in freedom in the Buxton settlement for escaped and freed slaves in Canada. Though he has certainly heard his adults talk, he has never been though slavery frankly. Instead, he has a good life, is getting a good education, he also goes fishing, and lives with his... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Elijah is the first child born in freedom in the Buxton settlement for escaped and freed slaves in Canada. Though he has certainly heard his adults talk, he has never been though slavery frankly. Instead, he has a good life, is getting a good education, he also goes fishing, and lives with his family in their own house.
Elijah is a fragile person and his mom doesn’t like that about him, but she is afraid of toad-frogs and he is afraid of snakes. So Eli’ decided that it a good idea to put toad-frog in a sweater that his mom was knitting to show that she fragile like him. Instead of this being a lesson for his mom and a good laugh, his does the same to him. She puts a snake in a cookie jar and tricks him in to grabbing it and well he turned tailed ran away(screaming I might add). Elijah’s closest encounter with slavery in the settlement has been the occasional rumors of slave catchers in the area, and when newly escaped slaves arrive at the settlement. He has been pretty sheltered from slavery, until Mr. Leroy’s money to buy his family was stolen by the Preacher. Then Elijah, feeling responsible, agrees to cross over to America to try to get it back. Elijah ends up alone in Detroit, Michigan after Mr. Leroy falls off a horse and pass on. He promises Mr. Leroy that he will get the money from the Preacher and if he lost the money kill him, but the Preacher was hung most likely by the slave owners but this is unsure. So, Elijah find this group of slaves, but can’t save them because it was too risky. This in mind, Elijah and the slaves decide on having the baby, Hope, to be taken to Buxton, so she could live a free life.
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