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's 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's only a matter of time before Cap'n Buck catches on...
Christopher Paul Curtis was awarded both a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his debut book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963, 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 The Madman of Piney Woords, and the Newbery Honor book Elijah of Buxton, which also won the TD Canadian Children’s Book Award. Christopher lives in Windsor, Ontario.
Praise for The Journey of Little Charlie
*“A thought-provoking book from a master storyteller.” – School Library Journal, starred review
*“This is an old story demanding to be told a new way, and master storyteller Curtis proves just the one to do it” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
*“A characteristically lively and complex addition to the historical fiction of the era from Curtis” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*“Curtis’s unsparing novel pulls no punches as it illuminates an ugly chapter of American history”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
*“Readers will be riveted by the conclusion…if they can see the words through their tears.” – The Horn Book, starred review
“With elements of adventure, mystery, personal peril, and family saga, the novel is hard to put down…”— Resource Links