It's 1860, and eleven-year-old Elijah is a first-generation freeborn child. His Canadian town of Buxton, located just across the border from Detroit, serves as a haven for runaway slaves and their children, where Blacks can live free and govern themselves away from the horrors of pre-emancipation America. When the town's corrupt preacher steals money from a citizen who's been saving to buy his family's freedom, Elijah sets off for Detroit in pursuit. He encounters a group of captured runaway slaves; unable to save them all, he escapes with the youngest--a baby--and returns to Buxton a hero.
- Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
- Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
- Type: Paperback
- Licences: Scholastic
- Language: English
- Publish Date: 2/1/2009
- Pages: 368
- Trim: 5-1/4 x 7-5/8 (in inches)
- Grade Level: 4 to 8
- Age Level: 10 to 13
- ISBN: 9780439023450
Reading will help develop in these areas:
- Communicative Skills
- Cognitive Skills
- Social and Emotional Skills
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