Review of:  Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtiselijah

Reviewed by:  Will

Do not let the stodgy shell of this book keep you from reading an awe-inspiring story about the torch of perseverance and determination.  The book Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis is a book that  could be stereotyped as boring immediately due to the dark gloomy colors on the cover.  However, 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 ominous cloud of slavery.  The adults of this little town work hard to block 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 this hurtful opinion, but he must work fast if he is going to accomplish the biggest adventure of his life, defeating the abhorrent tiger, slavery.

This was an amazing and well-written book.  But there was a drawback; in the middle of the book, there was a huge drop of action that almost discouraged me from reading.  Don’t let this hold you back, though.  This book is a small but fascinating look into our past of troubles with slavery and racism.  Elijah of Buxton shows how important it is to have friends and family in troubled times.

I would recommend this book to others, but no one under the age of 10.  This novel illustrates the horrors of slavery and shows how brutal the slaves were treated.  These descriptions may disturb younger readers, but for you older students, this is a great opportunity to learn about this time period and enjoy some excellent historical fiction!