This is the story of Elijah, an eleven-year-old boy who was born in the town of Buxton, a settlement of freed and escaped slaves in Canada. Although he is living in the 1800's, Elijah will remind many young readers today of themselves: He is full of energy, curious and eager to please, and able to get himself into all kinds of trouble in spite of his parents' warnings. Like Mr. Curtis's other books (Bud, Not Buddy, The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963), the characters in this story are not only believable, but unforgettable.
Although the story is fiction, the town of Buxton was a real settlement for free slaves, and is still around today. History buffs willl love this book, as will anyone interested in adventure, funny characters, and dangerous situations. The ending is the best part - be ready to laugh, cry, and cheer!