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Elijah of Buxton (2007)

Author: Curtis, Christopher Publisher: Scholastic
Number of pages: 352 pages

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's 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 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.

ISBN 13: 978-0439023443
Reading Level (grade): 5.4
Reading Level (A-Z): T