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(out of 7 reviews)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
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Adult Written byMaestra T May 29, 2011
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Parent of a 9 year old Written bykidjuniper October 2, 2009
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Good discussion and lots of laughs.

I read this to my daughter (9) and my son (7), and they both loved it. The over all plot is a little weak, but each chapter is almost like a mini story. The author does well mixing the funny with the serious for a well balanced book. It deals with the real horrors of slavery in a very real way for kids this age. The older they are the more they would understand about what the author is writing about.
Adult Written bydbking8787 April 24, 2011
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Parent of a 7 and 11 year old Written by4hunters June 26, 2010
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

good history, good coming-of-age

We read it aloud, and all really liked some of Elijah's quite funny phrases and ways of seeing things. It was a good way to talk about the Underground Railroad, and how buying a slave's freedom was not always the end of the story. Good discussion of growing up, exploration of the border between brave and reckless, of trying to live up to parent's expectations, and of being true to values even when pushing the boundaries of the actual rules
Adult Written byLayneE September 20, 2010
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

I'd give it a B+

The language can be confusing to young readers, but that is part of the beauty of the book. Symbols abound and the story is interesting and easy to follow. Parents can talk about the relationship we have with strangers, and teachers can use the book in a unit about slavery. Both the death and the cigar smoking shouldn't put off any potential buyers.
Parent of a 9 year old Written byMsKYtcher October 30, 2009
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

My fifth graders LOVE it!

I am reading this book to my class. They have loved this more than any book I have read so far. Christopher Paul Curtis is a master of children's literature.
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Educator and Parent Written byMediaXpert April 14, 2014
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

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.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models