"It ain't something I ever boast on, but I was the very first child to be born free in the Elgin Settlement at Raleigh at Canada West, what we call Buxton." Elijah's small-town life is full of adventures: riding Old Flap the mule to the secret lake to catch fish, trying to get a chance to shoot the Preacher's pearl-handled mystery pistol, playing pranks with his best friend Cooter. Then, even though "being fragile's the biggest bone Ma's got to pick with me," Elijah is given a serious, frightening responsibility. A 2008 Newbery Honor Book. Winner of the 2008 Scott O'Dell Award, the 2008 Corretta Scott King Award, and the 2008 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award.
Elijah of BuxtonBook Verdict
ISBN: 9780439023443 Format: Print Book Edition: - Publisher: Scholastic Page Count: 288 Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" Dewey Classification: F Accelerated Reader: Level: 5.4, Points: 12 Scholastic Reading Counts: Level: 7.5, Points: 17 Lexile: Level: 980L Awards & Honors: Winner of the 2008 Coretta Scott King Award , Winner of the 2008 Scott O 'Dell Award , 2008 John Newbery Medal, Honor Book , 2008 Jane Addams Award, Honor , ALA Notable Book for Older Readers , Book Sense Children 's Picks -Winter 2007/2008 , Booklist Editor 's Choice 2007 , Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth , Booklist Top 10 Black History for Youth , Horn Book Fanfare List - Best Books of 2007 Fiction , Kirkus Reviews - Best Children 's Books 2007 , Publishers Weekly - Best Children 's Books 2007, Children 's Fiction , School Library Journal - Best Books 2007 , 2008 TD Canadian Children 's Literature Award Winner; NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2008, History/Life and Culture in the Americas Genre: Historical fiction.