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Elijah of Buxton
File:Elijah of Buxton.jpg
1st edition cover
Author Christopher Paul Curtis
Country United States
Language English
Genre historical fiction
Publisher Scholastic
Publication date
August 2007
Media type Book (Hardback & Paperback
Pages 352
ISBN 0439936470
OCLC 86090238

Elijah of Buxton is a historical fiction novel by Christopher Paul Curtis. The novel is about the title character, Elijah Freeman, the first free black born in Buxton, a settlement for runaway slaves. The concepts of freedom, choice, and slavery are all prominent themes in the book.

The book won critical praise and was a Newbery Honor[1] book and the winner of the Coretta Scott King Award[2]. It also was a children's book bestseller[3]


Elijah Freeman is known for two thing in the former slave settlement of Buxton, Canada. First, is being the first child born in the community. Second, during a visit by Frederick Douglas, Elijah thew-up on Douglas.

Development history[edit]

Curtis had always wished to write a book about slavery, however he faced difficulties because he likes to place himself in his character's shoes and couldn't imagine the dehumanizing way a slave must feel. By having it take place in Buxton, Curtis was able to examine slavery, but indirectly through the experiences of Elijah's parents and other members of the community.[4] Curtis explains that when writing a book he likes to go the library and find out what people think now but also try and find materials from the time period he is researching so he can understand how they think.[5]


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Awards and nominations[edit]

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  1. ^ "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present". American Library Association. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  2. ^ "Coretta Scott King Book Award Recipients: Current and Past". American Library Association. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  3. ^ "CHILDREN'S BEST SELLERS: CHAPTER BOOKS: Sunday, March 9th 2008". New York Times. 09 March 2008. pp. 18, Section 7.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "Christopher Paul Curtis Author Interview" (Video). Scholastic Videos. 1. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Christopher Paul Curtis Author Interview" (Video). Scholastic Videos. 3. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 

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