Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 20, 2008

Elijah of Buxton

Filed under: Uncategorized — allison @ 8:26 am

Hi All,

I’d like to start some discussion on Elijah of Buxton. I just finished reading it this morning.

First, a personal reaction. I’d have to say that the ending won me over. The whole book was cute- funny incidents and stories. Lots of quirky characters. But I definitely got bored at points. The ending was truly beautiful, though, and made me feel like the book was worth the time I spent reading it.

Two things for discussion:

The incident with the “N” word pg.99. How would we treat this in class? Is this an opportunity for critical literacy? How can we look at the use of the word today? How can focus a larger discussion about slavery?

The idea of “Something inside so strong gunn keep you flying.” pg. 211  How does this idea carry the whole book? Do we buy it? Does that get lost in the lives of people who suffer today?

Looking forward to discussing this book!




  1. Commonsense Media is an interesting site. Check out the review of ELIJAH posted there. KES

    Comment by sunyprof — February 20, 2008 @ 11:27 am

  2. Allison:
    I also found the idea of hope discussed throughout the novel to be worthy of discussion for our Lit Circle. Also I was really interested in the idea of truth and how it was a huge part of culture in the Settlement. The Reverend was understood as shady and dishonest by many, but the hope of Mr. Leroy caused temporary amnesia concerning the Reverend’s trustworthiness. I look forward to examining these themes of hope and truth and how they play out Elijah’s world. Also, the idea of maturity and “fra-gile” seemed to play an important role in this story as well.

    I also was very excited about the ending of the novel. It wasn’t over-the-top happily ever after, but a realistic way to encorporate Elijah’s overwhelming desire to help with the hope that thrives in the Buxton community.

    Comment by kariredmond — February 21, 2008 @ 1:19 am

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