Review of:Elijah of Buxton

Reviewed by:Will

Do not let this stodgy shell keep you from reading a very inspiring book!  The book Elijah of Buxton by Christoper Paul Curtis is a book that could be stereotyped as boring immediately.  Although it doesn’t look exciting, this book is packed full of adventure, all taking place in the little Canadian town of Buxton.  Elijah, the main character, must struggle through a life across a river of hate, murder, racism, and the enormous cloud of slavery.  The adults of this town work hard to black out these devastating sins, but Elijah, the first free born person in Buxton, is curious about this unknown world.  Throughout his life, although he is still young, Elijah has been told that he is too fragile, not brave enough to make a difference in the world.  Elijah is trying his best to change the hurtful opinions, but he must work fast if he is going to accomplish the biggest adventure of his life, against the ferocious, unmerciful tiger…slavery.

This was an amazing and well written book.  The author did an amazing job of describing these adventures through the point of view of a scared, troubled boy.  However, there was a draw back.  In the middle of the book, there was a huge drop of action that almost discouraged me from finishing; but don’t let this hold you back.  Elijah of Buxton shows how important it is to have friends and family in troubled times.

I would recommend this novel to others, but no one under age 10.  This book illustrates the horrors of slavery and shows how brutally the slaves were treated.  These descriptions may disturb younger readers but for you older ones, this is a great opportunity to learn about this time period and enjoy a great book.  If you have nothing to do, try reading Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis.