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Elijah of Buxton

Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis

Started 09.21.22 • Finished 10.13.22

"My favorite quote was probably 'That's free land!' because it says that Elijah has succeeded in freeing a baby. At the beginning I thought I'd like it because it involved freeing people from slavery.

The main character is called Elijah, and he lives in a black settlement in Buxton, which is part of Canada. He's fragile, but adventurous and enjoys fishing with stones. His goal of the book winds up being to free a family of recaptured slaves, but they're chained up with no keys around. The family is a mom, a dad, a boy about as old as Elijah, and a baby. The baby isn't chained. So Elijah tries and fails to free the whole family, but does free the baby, for it wasn't shackled, she was just almost free to take.

I'd rate this book 5 out of 5 because Elijah is against slavery and breaks American law to bring a slave into freedom."

Neph, age 11

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