Curtis, Christopher Paul.
A Newbery Honor Book in 2008, this is the best book I have read in a long time. It was beautiful, funny, innocent, poignant, shocking, tense and bittersweet. The story follows Elijah Freeman, the first free born black child in the village of Buxton in the 1850's. Elijah grows up a free and educated child of American runaway slaves. Although the characters are fictional the place is real, near Chatham, and the museum there is wonderful and worth the trip to see firsthand. This was an incredible read. I laughed and cried my way through all Elijah's trials and tribulations.
Sharon (Staff) (Age: older than 13) (Queen's Square)