©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.
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!!
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.
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