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.


Jen Barney said...

Hi Megan- Thanks for the great comments. At first I thought it would be a stretch to do something with inspiration. Early on in the week I read the The Dot. We talked about how one dot inspired another, another, etc. I also have introduced my favorite author, Patricia P.- How she inspires and I showed them in my WNB. It went from there. We then made a list of "kind words" that can inspire others to be great writers or want to continue writing.... it led up to this afternoon. Some statemenst were very surface, and others did more "deeper" thoughts. However, the kids LOVED THEM!!! Hope this helps! Sorry so long! Take care- Jen

Mary Lee said...

I'm a little bit leery of CP Curtis -- I, too, have been sadly disappointed by him. I'm thinking that this one might bring me back into the fold.

Megan Germano said...

Mary Lee, take the leap of faith! I did and I don't regret it! :D