Elijah of Buxton Author:Christopher Paul Curtis Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit. He is best known in his hometown as the boy who made a memorable impression on Frederick Douglass. But things change when a former slave steals money from Elijah's friend, who has been saving to buy... more » his family out of captivity in the South. Elijah embarks on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the thief, and he discovers firsthand the unimaginable horrors of the life his parents fled -- a life from which he'll always be free, if 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.