Elijah of Buxton

  Newbery Honor Book

Winner of Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Winner, Canadian Library Association Book of the Year


Elijah, an eleven year old boy, lives in Buxton, Canada.  This is a settlement composed mostlyof runaway slaves, Elijah has the distinction of being the first child born as a free citizen in the town.

Elijah is a timid boy who talks too much and thinks too little.  He wins the respect of the townps people when he helps a friend who has been robbed.  A friend who has been working to buy his family out of captivity in America. 

The book is told from the point of view of young Elijah and offers many opportunities to discuss how perception changes with age.  Language is authentic to the time and will allow for a good deal of discussion.  The author provides a brief history of the actual community of Buxton as well as literature circle discussion questions and activities at the back of the text. 


Reading Ability: intermediate

Genre: Historical Fiction, Black History
Theme:  Determination, Black History, courage, Adventure

Who would love this book?

-Canadian history lovers, readers interested in early settlement in Canada, those who enjoy reading about Black History


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