Reviewed by: Elina Van Den Berg, patron
Rating :5 Stars
The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis This historical fiction book is written in a South Carolinian accent and is about a 12-year-old boy back early 1860s. His poor sharecropper family was struck by tragedy and Cap'n Buck showed at their home to collect a debt. In order to pay off this debt, Charlie agreed to go with Cap'n Buck on a journey to Detroit to retrieve runaway slaves. He did not truly understand the nature of this journey but when he did, he overcame many obstacles in order to do the right thing. This book is well worth reading. At first you might stumble over the dialog because of the accent, but you will soon slip into the style and it will become natural and easy to read. I found it difficult to read about some of the terrible things that Cap'n Buck did, but I read on and loved discovering how Charlie worked through these challenges and became a better person because of them. Good for ages 8 and up.
When his poor sharecropper father is killed in an accident and leaves the family in debt, twelve-year-old Little Charlie agrees to accompany fearsome plantation overseer Cap'n Buck north in pursuit of people who have stolen from him; Cap'n Buck tells Little Charlie that his father's debt will be cleared when the fugitives are captured, which seems like a good deal until Little Charlie comes face-to-face with the people he is chasing.
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