The Madman of Piney Woods

October 1, 2014|
The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis
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Acclaimed Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis delivers a powerful companion to his multiple award-winning Elijah of Buxton.

Hailed as a modern-day Mark Twain, Christopher Paul Curtis introduces two clever, funny, brave, utterly authentic kids. Benji and Red are boys young readers will want to run around in the woods with, play pranks on, and entrust with their deepest secrets.

Set in Buxton, Ontario, a settlement of runaway slaves, forty years after the events of Elijah of Buxton, the story unfolds through Benji and Red''s alternating first-person narratives. hrough their eyes, we meet two different, yet equally damaged, individuals: an Irish immigrant woman whose journey to Canada proves as devastating as the famine she''s escaping, and a Black Canadian soldier who barely survives the American Civil War only to find he no longer fits in back home.

As the boys discover that their elders have been forever scarred by their pasts, so do we readers come to understand more than we could learn from any history lesson. Here is a novel that will break your heart - and expand it, too.

CHRISTOPHER PAUL CURTIS was awarded both a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his debut book The Watsons Go to Birmingham and won the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award for his second book, Bud, Not Buddy. Mr. Curtis is also the author of the Golden Kite Award-winning Bucking the Sarge, as well as Mr. Chickee'...
Title:The Madman of Piney Woods
Product dimensions:384 pages, 8.53 X 5.76 X 1.19 in
Shipping dimensions:384 pages, 8.53 X 5.76 X 1.19 in
Published:October 1, 2014
Publisher:Scholastic Inc.
Appropriate for ages:8
ISBN - 13:9781443139120

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