Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit. He's best known in his hometown as the boy who made a memorable impression on Frederick Douglass. But things change when a former slave steals money from Elijah's friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Elijah embarks on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the thief, and he discovers firsthand the unimaginable horrors of the life his parents fled--a life from which he'll always be free, if he can find the courage to get back home.
Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis lends his trademark humor and vibrant narrative style to this gripping tale. Evocative, heart-wrenching, and hilarious, Elijah of Buxton is an unforgettable testament to the power of hope.
For ages 11 to 14.
(From the Teen Historical Fiction shelf.)