Christopher Paul Curtis
was born in Flint,
Michigan. After high school graduation, he worked on the assembly
line of the Fisher Body Plant for 13 years, until Christopher took
a year off work to write his first novel.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 won a Newbery Honor
and a Coretta Scott King Honor book citation in 1996. Bud, Not
Buddy received the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award
in 2000. His most recent book, Elijah of Buxton, has
garnered multiple awards, including a Newbery Honor, the Coretta
Scott King Author Award, and the Scott O''Dell Award for Historical
Fiction, the TD Children''s Literature Book Award and the CLA Book
of the Year, and was a finalist in the Governor General''s Literary
Award for Children''s Literature.
"This novel came to me in a way that was far different than any
other," says Curtis. "From the word ''go'' Elijah and I became
close friends. When I''d go to the library to write, it was as if
he were anxiously waiting for me, waiting to tell about his life,
his worries, his adventures."