The Madman Of Piney Woods

The Madman Of Piney Woods

Paperback - 2016
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Acclaimed Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis's powerful companion to award-winning Elijah of Buxton is now in paperback!

Set forty years after the events of Elijah of Buxton, this companion novel is at once a hardhitting comment on the prejudices of our past and a heartbreakingly, hilarious coming-ofage novel that will have readers wiping tears of sorrow, and of laughter.

Benji and Red are two boys who haven't met yet, but their paths are soon to cross in an unforgettable way. Through their alternating perspectives, we meet the characters in their respective towns, including 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, they gain a deeper understanding of their present. With cameos from some of our favourite Buxton characters, this acclaimed novel will be loved by fans of Elijah of Buxton, while standing on its own as a beautiful comment on tolerance and acceptance.

Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2016
ISBN: 9780545156653
0545156653

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In 1901, two boys living in a part of Canada still recovering from slavery and the Irish Potato Famine become unlikely friends after encountering a mysterious presence in the woods.

Red and Benji have almost nothing in common -- except for a creepy adventure in the woods.


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takahiromori
Aug 29, 2016

From this book, I learned that people need to be nice to each other even if it is people with different colour skin.

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

As memorable as Huckleberry Finn, this tale is fraught with foreboding and heart-in-the mouth tension. Like Mark Twain, Curtis mixes humour and high jinks with suspense and evil.

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awesomekid2
Apr 15, 2015

its a good book

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Indigo_dolphins193
Mar 27, 2015

I liked book. In the beggining it was boring but the ending was very sad when Cooter/ The Madman of Piney Woods dies. Overall I would give this book 3 and a half stars!

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I_Am_A_Kat
Mar 26, 2015

I really liked this book because it showed a lot of emotion. Another good thing about this book was that it showed how "you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover."

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love3025
Mar 15, 2015

I loved this book so much because it was so descriptive. And you could really understand what the characters looked like.

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prantika2468
Mar 12, 2015

I really liked this book. It's a little boring in the beginning but later on in the book it get exciting. I like how the book is told in 2 points of view.

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love2530
Mar 05, 2015

I love this book even though I have not finished it.

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jellybean1000
Mar 05, 2015

I'm not done the book yet but I think this is probably the most amazing book I have ever read and I have read a lot. I think this book is really good because I find myself so exited to turn the page because I'm almost at the part where Benji and Red meet so I just can not wait till I get there

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Nicole_Chicklet
Mar 05, 2015

I loved this book it was a page turner and it made me want to read more!!

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SPL_Childrens Feb 19, 2015

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 13

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