Elijah of Buxton

Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Funny, powerful tale of free Black community in 1859 Canada.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 26 reviews

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age 12+

Great Piece of Historical Fiction and Suspenseful Story

First recommendation... use the listening version. It allows you to understand the dialect, and it builds up suspense and understanding by allowing the book to be read to you at a slower pace. My 13 year old daughter and I had great discussions about this fabulous book, while we studied slavery in US history. This was an eye awakening first exposure to slavery- as the boy, Elijah, ( read by a man, which makes it a good book for older kids, too) the first "born free" Black baby in Buxton, Canada, discovers with you how slavery exists in the the county called America.

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age 11+

Devoid of faults!

THE BOOK: Is about 11 year old Elijah, who lives with a non-slave family durinh the times of slavery at a settlement in Canada. His good life is interupted when his friend Mr.Leroy's money is stolen by "Preacher" and Elijah feels obligated to get the money back for him. THE RATING: The book is funny and historically significant at the same time. Books like these are hard to find. Its light tone prevents it from becoming too depressing. Thinking back, there is not one thing wrong with this book. It is a masterpiece! AGE: While it is funny, it IS about slavery. Rated ON 11 and up for: violence, blood, infrequent nudity, and strong subject matter.

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