Thursday, August 30, 2007
Redemption Song... Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
I take it back, I take it all back ten times over... Christopher Paul Curtis has redeemed himself in my eyes with Elijah of Buxton.
Early this summer I gave a less than stealer review of Curtis's Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission. (I'm sorry, I just really didn't get into it.) And I love Christopher Paul Curtis so much, it really pained me to do so. I truly believe Christopher Paul Curtis is the best story teller of our time. Or should I say my time. (Not reveling what that is, however) This story can be used to prove my point. If it isn't nominated at the very least for many awards, I would be shocked. I am positive it will gain Curtis his 3rd (?) Corretta Scott King Award. But will it be in the running for that all coveted Newbery? I say, "yes!" This story is packed full of funny, serious, and educational information.
I had never even heard of the Canadian town of Buxton. Buxton is the setting of the novel and has a wonderful history I am only now learning more about. You can find information on the link I have provided which will take you to the Buxton National Historical Site & Museum.
I don't exactly know if I want to try to explain the plot of the book. I think it would be best read yourself. There are great reviews out there. Including this one from Fuse #8 and Part Two also by Fuse #8. So, I am not going to try to do this book justice. I just want everyone everywhere to read this book. Read it to a kid, read it as an adult, read it to be a better person.