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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 17TH, 2021
Second book as promised for Black History Month
The Journey of Little Charlie
By Christopher Paul Curtis.
Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis brings his trademark humor and heart to the story of a boy struggling to do right in the face of history’s cruelest evils.
Twelve-year-old Charlie is down on his luck: His dad just died, the share crops are dry, and Cap’n Buck ― the most fearsome man in Possum Moan, South Carolina ― has come to collect a debt. Fearing for his life, Charlie strikes a deal with Cap’n Buck and agrees to track down some thieves. It is not too bad of a bargain for Charlie… until he comes face-to-face with the fugitives and discovers that they escaped slavery years ago and have been living free in Detroit. Torn between his guilty conscience and his survival instinct, Charlie needs to figure out his next move ― and soon. It is only a matter of time before Cap’n Buck catches on…
I found this to be a fantastic book by Christopher Paul Curtis I loved his writing and will be checking out all his book. He has a way of getting you into the head of each character. The pace of the story is perfect, you are pulled into the story right from the beginning.
This historical fiction story is based on a real event revolving around the job of slave catchers. It is Curtis’ first white protagonist. The 19th century southern jargon might be a bit tough for age 9-12 kids, but it adds richness and makes you feel like you are there living it. It gives some historical background into the differences between Canadian and American laws in the 1850’s.
About the author
Christopher Paul Curtis (born May 10, 1953 in Flint, Michigan) is an American children’s books author. He is known for the Newbery Medal -winning Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963. Many of his books are set in Flint. The latter was adapted for a TV movie of the same name, Sep. 3, 2019
Alma mater: University of Michigan–Flint
Genre: Children’s literature, especially historical fiction
Occupation: Writer, speaker
📅 Monday, February 15
Time 10:00am | Duration 40mins