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Elijah of Buxton
Elijah of Buxton | Christopher Paul Curtis
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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.
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#MGMarch #MiddleGradeMarch @megnews
4⭐ Bud, not Buddy 1936
I love a good orphan hero! Bud made me laugh, and that's saying something for me.

4⭐ Elijah of Buxton 1859
For the first half of the book I felt like I was waiting for something to happen. It was worth the wait! I did not expect that ending at all.

megnews I rarely cry at books but Elijah 😭 10mo
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What an awesome book this is! Christopher Paul Curtis has a knack for capturing the in-between innocence mixed with growing understanding of the 11-13 age range. In many children's books, the things that the child characters imagine are always worse than reality, but Curtis's characters don't have this comfort. They have the joys and laughter of childhood, but their challenges are serious, not contrived by adults to educate, but actual and real.

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Part 1 of today‘s #bookhaul is courtesy of library discards - two featuring fierce females that the kiddo immediately grabbed, two classics, and what seems to be a sort of picture book composer bio. All for free! What kind of person would I be to just leave them there?

megnews I love Elijah of Buxton. 12mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I have absolutely zero self control when anyone offers free books, so no judgment here! 😅 12mo
ravenlee @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm there were several others I convinced myself to leave behind...but when they‘re weeding the kids‘ department it‘s especially hard to resist! I think in the past 8-ish months I‘ve brought home over 40 books that needed a good home! 😳 12mo
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm You‘re made of sterner stuff than I! 😅🤣 I might not be as inclined to pick up kids books yet, but there‘s always planning ahead! 😜 12mo
Suet624 Hard to say no to free books. 12mo
ravenlee @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm yeah, we‘ll say the MG books are all for the kiddo...they‘re definitely not for me... 12mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm 😂🤣😂❤️ 12mo
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This Coretta Scott King & Scott O'Dell award-winning novel will have you in tears. It's about Elijah, the first born into freedom as learns the true meaning of that freedom. It's a must-read! I would use it as a LC. UDL & EL strategy is facilitate managing information and resources (6.3) & 48. Use group assignments, portfolios, learning journals and non-print options as alternative assessment. #UCFLAE3414SP20

SequoiaC123 Here are the extension activities: Extension activities: https://nobodybutcurtis.com/resources. If I were to use The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963 and this novel in the classroom I would definitely have the students create a Venn diagram to compare the two novels. I think it would get them comfortable with higher-order thinking because then they would have to compare more than just book covers and characters. (edited) 2y
DrSpalding A literature circle is a good idea! however you have the wrong resource explanation that aligns to another book. I do like the idea of creating the Venn diagram however. (edited) 2y
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MandaMT
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Based on a real Canadian settlement inhabited by runaway slaves from the states. Curtis writes in a dialect that takes some getting used to, but the descriptions are vivid. Elijah, who was born free (and is a child) is often naive about the realities of slavery. He gets a lot of guidance from the adults in the community. Curtis uses this to explain some big ideas in ways kids can understand. Starts slow, but kicks way up at the end.

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RaivionneC
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This HF story is both a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award book and would be perfect for SR or IR in 5th grade classrooms. A story of an 11 year old boy, who‘s the first free born child in a Canadian settlement facing bravery, adventure, and heroism. #UCFLAE3414SP20

RaivionneC An HF book like this one fits UDL principle 3.2 in highlighting patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships and ESOL #44 focus on thinking skills, predict, categorize, classify, observe and report. 2y
Ashley_B This book sounds like a good read! Your UDL principle aligns really well with it also. 2y
Kyleigh_J Your review of this book is great, you truly make me want to read it! Great short summary. 2y
DrSpalding Christopher Paul Curtis is an excellent author. I have read several of his books and believe they could be excellent additions to your intermediate classrooms. Literature circles, read alouds and or an author study would work. 2y
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megnews
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Elijah of Buxton is deserving of award and is my favorite of Christopher Paul Curtis‘s historical middle grade fiction.
#AdventRecommends

Butterfinger I think this one is my favorite too. I love Christopher Paul Curtis. 2y
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Elijah of Buxton | Christopher Paul Curtis

his sermons go on so long that some of the time you feel like begging, “Take me now, Jesus,“ 'bout halfway through 'em.

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thejessashmore
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This historical fiction book is an amazing book that reflects the spirts and political views of the 1890's in a runaway slave camp in Canada. The dialogue conveys the feeling of the period as well as reflects who the characters are.

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thejessashmore
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I like this book and I have read it before. I believe I would use this as a suggestion for old students to read and maybe make a lesson out of it, just not with little ones.

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winner of the Scott O'Dell and CSK awards, this work of HF follows young Elijah, who was born in Buxton, Canada, a community of runaway slaves, as he learns what freedom really is when he witnesses the hardships of slavery and bravery carries a baby to freedom. This Novel would be a great book for a LC. An ESOL strategy that could be used is #16 inorder to ensure comprehension.

Bwhitley222 UDL 3.1 should be used to give students an understanding of the time period and the Underground Railroad. #ucflae3414su19 2y
Summerm I love the photo you took of this! This would be a great addition to any history lesson, to get the class and engaged in a great book 2y
Stephanie5 I think that this would be a great story for an LC and discussion questions would be great to go with the book. 2y
megnews ❤️ 2y
DrSpalding Very brief and not as comprehensive as previous posts. An excellent book to use in social studies. 2y
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megnews
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Everything by Christopher Paul Curtis is excellent but this story of a town in #Canada created by runaway slaves is my favorite.

#LetsTravelJuly

OriginalCyn620 Sounds great! 😊🇨🇦 3y
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#BookHaul Post 2!!

Bad News: One of my favorite used book stores is closing at the end of the month. 😫😫😫

Good News: Everything is 60% off and I had a $67 book credit. We came home with 42 books. 🎉🎉 A bunch of the kids books are going to be donated to a nearby Title 1 school.

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Cruzdia1
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This book is a HF, Scott O‘Dell award winner, and can be used in the classroom as a LC, S, IR, or GR. #UCFLAE3414SP18
This story follows an 11 year old boy born into freedom from Buxton, Canada. In this story Elijah embarks on a journey to America in pursuit of the thief that stole his friends money and along the way he discovers the atrocities his parents experienced as slaves.

Cruzdia1 A useful UDL strategy for this book is 6.2: Support planning and strategy development. A relevant ESOL strategy for this book is 16: Integrate speaking, listening, reading and writing activities. (edited) 4y
Cruzdia1 Here‘s a cool interactive Jeopardy game that even allows you to play in teams! https://jeopardylabs.com/play/elijah-of-buxton-balanced-literacy-project-6-games 4y
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HippieChickHomeschool
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You can‘t go wrong with CPC. A tale based on a real town of runaway slaves in Canada. 80% of it was great, 20% was too much for my sensitive kiddo. Although the realities of slave life was gentled for young readers, it was still real. I‘d recommend for middle school on up. If you live near Buxton, Ontario, go visit! The real town is on my field trip must list now!

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HippieChickHomeschool
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As delightful as I've come to expect from Christopher Paul Curtis. The narrator does a phenomenal oily preacher's voice. First time I've listened him, I will look for him in the future.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I didn't quite do this book justice, because I listened to the audiobook and can never seem to devote as much concentration to books in that format. Also, the blurb was misleading. It implied one plot was the main storyline when in fact that didn't start until past halfway through the book. It's actually episodic. But this was a beautifully done book, both the writing and audiobook narration. Heartbreaking, funny, and real. #WeNeedDiverseBooks

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Christopher Paul Curtis' HF book "Elijah of Buxton" follows a young boy who lives in a refugee camp for African-American slaves who escaped slavery. It is a Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King Award, and Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction Winner. Highly recommend for intermediate students as it deals with issues such as slavery and what it means to be free. #ucflae3414

christinathorpe Scholastic has great teaching resources and discussion questions for this book, which makes it a great pick for lit circles! https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/elijah-buxton-... 5y
DrSpalding This was a tough read for me. Powerful and engaging. At times I had to re-read passages to best comprehend the text. 5y
AleciaM I just ordered this book and can't wait to read it. This is definitely an older reader assignment. 2y
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