Elijah of Buxton


Elijah of Buxton


In this historical novel, learn about Buxton, Canada, a haven for enslaved people fleeing America, and its residents through the eyes of the delightful Elijah Freeman, the town’s first free-born child. Elijah truly learns the importance of his freedom when he ventures to America to help an enslaved family escape.

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Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis’s Newbery Honor novel, featuring his trademark humor and unique narrative voice, is now part of the Scholastic Gold line!

Elijah of Buxton, recipient of the Newbery Honor and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Eleven-year-old Elijah lives in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border. Elijah’s the first child in town to be born free, and he ought to be famous just for that — not to mention for being the best at chunking rocks and catching fish. Unfortunately, all that most people see is a “fragile” boy who’s scared of snakes and tends to talk too much. But everything changes when a former slave steals money from Elijah’s friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Now it’s up to Elijah to track down the thief — and his dangerous journey just might make a hero out of him, if only he can find the courage to get back home.

This reader is part of the Lightning Lit: Storm Level

Additional information

Weight8 oz
Dimensions7.6 × 5.2 × .9 in

Christopher Paul Curtis



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