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Awards

  • Winner, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, 2008
  • Winner, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2008
  • Winner, Coretta Scott King Award (Author), 2008
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice), 2010
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice), 2009
  • Short-listed, OLA Red Maple Award, Fiction, 2009
  • Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2009
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2008
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Award for Children's Literature - Text, 2007
  • Short-listed, IODE Canada Violet Downey Award, 2007
  • Commended, Today’s Parent, 100 BEST Canadian kids’ books of all time, 2015
  • Commended, White Ravens Selection (International Youth Library), 2008
  • Commended, Newbery Honor Book, 2008
  • Commended, Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children, 2008
  • Commended, Notable Books for a Global Society, International Reading Association (IRA), 2008
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2008
  • Commended, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, 2008
  • Commended, New York Public Library 100 Best Books for Reading and Sharing, 2007
  • Commended, Booklist Editors' Choices, 2007
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2007
  • Commended, Chicago Public Library - Children's Books for Year-Round Gift Giving, 2007
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Books, 2007
  • Commended, Book Links Lasting Connections, 2007

Elijah of Buxton Canadian Title

By Christopher Paul Curtis   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780439023450 Paperback
368 Pages | 5.27" x 7.58" | Ages 9 to 12

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9780439936477 Hardcover
288 Pages | 5.86" x 8.55" | Ages 9 to 12

Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis lends his trademark humour and vibrant narrative style to the gripping tale of eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman. The first child born into freedom in Buxton, Ontario, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit, Elijah is best known in his hometown as the boy who threw up on Frederick Douglass. Not on purpose, of course, he was just a baby then! But things change when a former slave calling himself the Right Reverend Zephariah W. Connerly the Third steals money from Elijah's friend Mr. Leroy, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Elijah joins Mr. Leroy on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the disreputable preacher, and he discovers firsthand the unimaginable horrors of the life his parents have fled; a life from which he'll always be free, if he can find the courage to get back home. Exciting yet evocative, heart-wrenching yet hilarious, Elijah of Buxton is Christopher Paul Curtis at his very best and it's an unforgettable testament to the power of hope.