Elijah Of Buxton Author:Christopher Paul Curtis Eleven-year-old Elijah lives in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border. He's the first child in town to be born free, and he ought to be famous just for that. Unfortunately, all that most people see is a "fra-gile" boy who's scared of snakes and talks too much. But everything changes when a former slave steals mo... more »ney from Elijah's friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Now it's up to Elijah to track down the thief--and his dangerous journey just might make a hero out of him, if only he can find the courage to get back home.« less
This is probably one of the top five books I have ever read. The humor is wonderful, and the message is clear. I think it is a wonderful book for late elementary aged students, as it teaches history at the same time keeping the subject light and interesting.