Release on 2012-09-01 | by Christopher Paul Curtis
Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
Pubpsher: Scholastic Inc.
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis's Newbery Honor novel, featuring his trademark humor, unique narrative voice, and new cover art--now in paperback! Eleven-year-old Elijah lives in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border. He's the first child in town to be born free, and he ought to be famous just for that. Unfortunately, all that most people see is a "fra-gile" boy who's scared of snakes and talks 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.
Reproducible study guide to accompany the novel: in chapter-by-chapter format includes vocabulary, comprehension questions, writing activities, cross-curricula connections, graphic organizers and more.
Presents an introduction to historical fiction for readers in grades four through eight, listing eighty titles of works for this age group and providing plot summaries, characters, historical background, and selected passages for discussion.
This biography introduces readers to Christopher Paul Curtis, the Newbery Award and Coretta Scott King Award winning author who wrote The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963, Bud, Not Buddy, Elijah of Buxton, and other novels for young readers. Readers will learn about the years Curtis spent on an automobile assembly line in Michigan, his path to becoming a writer, and the inspiration for his books. Easy-to-read text and full-color photos highlight Curtis's childhood, family, education, and life as an author. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.