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Publisher's Summary

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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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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How is this so good.

It was amazing. All I think it needs is a huge bowl of popcorn and a movie about it.

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incredible

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.

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Great story - great narration - a win - win

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.

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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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Most entertaining audio yet!

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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Excellent narrator

The narrator made you feel you were right there with Elijah. I love the book .the author capture every detail during that period.

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Excellent book

Christopher Paul Curtis is one of America's best writers for children, and adults. His books are fascinating, extremely well-written, historically accurate, and move past what people consider "children's books" into "universal literature." I find his perspectives on difficult topics like slavery and the life-experiences of black Americans (and Canadians) to be illuminating. And yet often his books are fun, funny, and poignant, sometimes at the same time. I look forward to reading and listening to each book - Elijah of Buxton has become a favorite. It introduced me to the town of Buxton and the free-slave settlement there, with characters that are complex and unique.

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Beautiful

My son picked this book and I can't be nothing but proud of him always!

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Assigned 6th Grade Book - Not Too Bad

I wouldn't have picked this off of the shelf to read it if it hadn't been assigned to my son for school, but overall was pleased that it wasn't too bad. The narration was very good and put you into Elijah's community.