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Elijah of Buxton | [Christopher Paul Curtis]

Elijah of Buxton

When you first walk into a room in a house, or into a stable, they have a way of telling you they know you're there. It ain't nothing particular noticeable, but the air inside of �em changes like it's saying, "I'm watching you". But I'd got into this stable so quiet and sneakish that nothing knowed I'd cracked open the door, held my breath, and took a step inside.
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When you first walk into a room in a house, or into a stable, they have a way of telling you they know you're there. It ain't nothing particular noticeable, but the air inside of �em changes like it's saying, "I'm watching you". But I'd got into this stable so quiet and sneakish that nothing knowed I'd cracked open the door, held my breath, and took a step inside.Then I heard a humming sound so near that my blanged legs and breathing frozed up all over again. Whatever it was that was making that sound was so close that even my eyeballs locked where they were at. Then I started sliding my eyes off to the left. Someone had leaned some dark bundles or sacks up �gainst the left hand side of the stable. There were five of �em. The noise commenced again, sounding like someone fishing �round trying to figure which song they were �bout to hum.It was one of the bundles! It had four live, moving arms! I couldn't believe I'd come all they way to the United States of America to see my first haint!

©2007 Christopher Paul Curtis; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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    Michael Yardley Enterprise UT 12-09-08
    Michael Yardley Enterprise UT 12-09-08 Listener Since 2002

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    "Great Book, but not for young children"

    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.

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    Lindsey 08-24-14
    Lindsey 08-24-14 Member Since 2009

    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!

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    "One of Curtis's best (and that's saying something)"
    Have you listened to any of Mirron Willis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book on my commute to and from work. Many times I found that my ride just wasn't long enough!


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    Ericka United States 12-10-12
    Ericka United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Six thumbs up from 6 Listeners!"
    What made the experience of listening to Elijah of Buxton the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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    Ann Ithaca, NY, United States 04-09-12
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    I already have but as a word of advice don't listen to it 5 times like I did or it will get boring


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    Kiakia Sterling moscow, TX, United States 09-05-11

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    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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