Reviews for Elijah of Buxton


Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2008 #4
This audiobook version of the 2008 Coretta Scott King winner and Newbery Honor book should earn it many new and devoted fans. Curtis employs a first-person dialect to tell his story of gullible, "fra-gile" Elijah and his sometimes-funny, sometimes-fraught journey toward being "growned." The dialect that might be a challenge for some readers of the print edition is, as voiced by narrator Willis, completely enthralling, imbued as it is with humor, recurrent rhythms, and lively expressions. Willis gives a tour-de-force performance, inhabiting not only eleven-year-old Elijah -- the first child born in the pre-Civil War community of free blacks in Buxton, Ontario -- but also every other character, from the sibilantly sinister Preacher to the erudite Mr. Travis to the doomed fugitive slave, Mrs. Chloe. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2008 July

Gr 4-8-- Set in 1860, 11-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway and freed slaves, in Christopher Paul Curtis's Newbery Honor book (Scholastic, 2007). When money that Elijah's friend has been saving to send to America to buy his family's freedom is stolen, Elijah crosses the border into Detroit on a dangerous mission to help recover it. Narrated by Elijah, the horrors of slavery are revealed. This engrossing tale is read by Mirron Willis who effortlessly varies his rich, textured voice to make each character unique. This story will captivate listeners.--Karen T. Bilton, Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Rocky Hill, NJ

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