©2007 Christopher Paul Curtis; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
The message of this story is very good and it is very well written. I love the language or voice that this book brings. Like a few of the recent Newberry Award Winners, there are a few themes that are not appropriate for younger audiences. There is talk about people breeding, and graphic descriptions of slaves naked in chains. I think that it is important that people come to understand the inhumanity of slavery, and this book is a fantastic book to address this issue. Although this is a horrific tragedy, the book also focuses on the triumphs and joys of freedom. It is a fantastic book for middle and high school audiences.
Incredible story and outstanding narration. I highly recommend this book to everyone. We listened to it as part of our homeschool history class and it was perfect for our study of the Civil War era. The depiction of slavery is painfully realistic but won't be traumatic for young listeners. I am so impressed with the way the author handled this difficult subject matter.
I read Elijah of Buxton last year and just adored the story and history of Buxton. I was very pleased when we found the audio version - the narrator is very animated and entertaining.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I bought this book several years ago and it has been sitting unread on my shelf until I bought the audio version. The book came down and I read along with the narration. It was worth the wait, but I do wish I had done it sooner. It is a great story of hope and resourcefulness. Elijah is a young black boy who underestimates his own worth until circumstances reveal him to himself and others. Very well written.
Love this story and the history running through it. Laughed and cried alternatively and simultaneously.
I am an elementary school teacher. Most of my book selections are used in my 3-5 classroom. I love historical fiction, sci-fi and fantasy!
I am a huge fan of Christopher Paul Curtis, and, after listening to Elijah of Buxton, I'm also a fan of narrator Mirron Willis. This is a profoundly powerful, funny, heartbreaking and heartwarming story that was brought to life by the audiobook.
I listened to this book on my commute to and from work. Many times I found that my ride just wasn't long enough!
The family listened to this audiobook together every evening and on a road trip. The children thoroughly enjoyed it. No one wanted to miss a second of it.
This is a great book already. The kids loved Elijah with his fragile disposition and also enjoyed the fact that this historical fiction is based on a true settlement that we could find on a map and learn about online.
Mirron Willis did a wonderful job of reading this book. The kids listen to it again and again.
I already have but as a word of advice don't listen to it 5 times like I did or it will get boring
A great listening book. Could stop listening to the story; it had me laughing thoughtout the story and crying at the end. Excellent!!
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