Gifted storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis returns to Buxton, the small town at the heart of his earlier and much loved Elijah of Buxton for this powerful tale of love, loss, unexpected friendships, and bravery.

It didn't make any sense to me. Red is a red-haired Irish Canadian with a wise and gentle father and a mean, abusive grandmother. This book was another outstanding story told by one of my favorite authors, Christopher Paul Curtis! The two narratives dance along in parallel for a while, as tales of small-town life – with pranks,

Copyright LibraryThing and/or members of LibraryThing, authors, publishers, libraries, cover designers, Amazon, Bol, Bruna, etc. Madman starts out as two different stories from two different points of view. To Benji, he is called The Madman of Piney Woods, to Red, he's the South Woods Lion Man. When the two boys meet, they immediately become friends even though their backgrounds are so different. I loved returning to Buxton, Ontario, Canada in connection with Elijah of Buxton but was honestly drawn in by the alternating chapters from two different community’s boys and how different (and similar) their lives were to one another. He’s been raised by his father and maternal grandmother, who hates anyone who isn’t Irish like she is. Categories/Genres: Middle Historical Fiction, It's 40 years after the Civil War, but its effects can still be felt in the small Canadian towns of Buxton and Chatham. Red is a scientist. He has a lot to write about, especially in his town of Buxton, Canada, where neighbors whisper about the Madman of Piney Woods, the former slave who terrorizes anyone who trespasses the forest. In alternating chapters the two boys tell.
This companion novel to Elijah of Buxton continues the story of the town of Buxton and the people who live there. In Chatham, red-headed Red lives with his judge father and his Irish grandmother, who is a terror of a woman who seems furious at the world and at Red, and always tries to hit him w. It's 40 years after the Civil War, but its effects can still be felt in the small Canadian towns of Buxton and Chatham. Welcome back.

These kids from very different backgrounds meet and bond and solve a mystery together in the Piney Woods, delivering a solid sense of what life was like in small Canadian towns in 1901. Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan on May 10, 1953 to Dr. Herman Elmer Curtis, a chiropodist, and Leslie Jane Curtis, an educator. Each character is presented in a nuanced way to show that people who make wrong decisions (bad choices) are not necessarily evil and people who make correct decisions (good choices) don't necessarily do so simply … The 13 year old boys prove to be more mature than their age. Red and Benji strike up an unlikely friendship. 13-year-old Benji lives in Buxton, originally a settlement of runaway slaves. Heybourne and Jackson's performances play off each other well, giving listeners a vivid picture of the characters and the time. Curtis is also the author of the Golden Kite Award-winning Bucking the Sarge, as well as Mr. Chickee's Funny Money, Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission, … That doesn’t mean though that Benji doesn’t try to put them in their place when they need it. Christopher Paul Curtis is the best--and this is one of his best. These are themes that could be overwhelming, but Curtis’s well-placed humour keeps pulling us back from the edge of darkness, allowing us to laugh even as we learn. I am a HUGE fan of Christopher Paul Curtis, and what he has done in this book is absolutely terrific. They aren't friends. Set in 1901, the novel alternates between the points of view of two boys, Benji Alston, whose goal in life is to become a reporter, and Alvin (Red) Stockard whose heart's ambition is to become a scientist. When he doesn’t? We are kept on our toes shuttling back and forth between Benji and Red’s perspectives, and the anachronistic Civil War is not the only narrative practical joke. As he always does in his books, the author provides just the right blending of humor, adventure, and compassion within this sprawling tale.

The Madman of Piney Woods Christopher Paul Curtis Scholastic, 2014 363 pgs. This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. Benji and Red are the boys; Grandmother O'Toole and the Madman of Piney Woods (echoes of Hamilton's Dies Drear) are the elders who have experienced severe prejudice. Look no further than this year's buzziest YA and middle-grade graphic... Benji and Red couldn't be more different. Red lives in Chatham, Ontario with his judge father and Irish grandmother. Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan on May 10, 1953 to Dr. Herman Elmer Curtis, a chiropodist, and Leslie Jane Curtis, an educator. This is the home of Red, who is passionate about science and looks to the logical scientific method to figure out his world. It’s like reading mold. For returning readers, the question of what happened to Elijah and baby Hope fades quickly (even though Curtis is hiding the answers in plain sight), because we are immediately drawn in by Benji and a second narrator, Red, a white boy from the neighbouring town of Chatham. If you like books by Curtis, you will absolut. Readers learn a bit about the horror that many Irish immigrants endured when they immigrated to Canada, see a village that, The lives of two young boys from different backgrounds and different towns become intertwined in this historical fiction novel set in Canada. Set in the same Canadian town as Elijah of Buxton, Madman is the story of second generation family descended from runaway slaves. This is, of course, a scene depicting a gang of boys playing war, including one of the novel’s heroes: Benji of Buxton, Ontario. Highly recommended! Benji, who lives in Buxton, dreams of becoming a newspaper reporter. In this humbling novel, thirteen-year old Benji Alston is a spirited and sometimes arrogant young boy who aspires to be a cracking young journalist. Benji’s goal is to become a newspaper reporter. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our. Even though it is now 1901, the people of Buxton, Canada (originally a settlement of runaway slaves) and Chatham, Canada are still haunted by two events of half a century before--the American Civil War, and the Irish potato famine, and the lasting damage those events caused to the survivors. Benji is African American and he loves the woods...they are like a second home to him. I was glad I had the paper copy so I could go back and figure out what was going on. Wow. I loved how one character is working hard to impress and get himself published in the local newspaper and is rejected and taught writing lessons through the editor of the paper. The boys live in 1901 Canada. We’d love your help. Grades 4-7 Historical Fiction Curtis revisits Buxton, Ontario, a town founded by runaway slaves fifty years before our story takes place and the setting for his Newbery honor book Elijah of Buxton. I love that he chose to not have a sequel for Elijah of Buxton but to have a book that took place 40 years after the colony for freed slaves was established. The book is about friendship and unresolved hatred--served up with Curtis' trademark canniness, laugh out loud humor, boys' sense of adventure, and near-mythological ability to describe the indescribable. He's a master prankster with a heart of gold. Curtis also uses the past as a lens through which we see ongoing human dilemmas, conflicting loyalties, the nature of heroism, the possibility of finding consolation in loss, and how we are both shaped by – and manage to escape – the influence of our families. This book, which takes place forty years after the first book, is the story of two boys, Benji and Red. In Chatham, red-headed Red lives with his judge father and his Irish grandmother, who is a terror of a woman who seems furious at the world and at Red, and always tries to hit him with her cane (and succeeds). “The Madman of Piney Woods” takes place 40 years after the events in “Elijah of Buxton” (another one of Curtis's star works) and is narrated by Benji, a black boy, and Red, a ginger-haired kid of Irish ancestry, in alternating chapters. All content copyright Quill & Quire — Quill & Quire is a registered trademark of St. Joseph Media.

“When I left her office, I felt like she'd gut-punched me, brushed me off, slapped me back and forth, gave me a cool compress to put on my cheeks, cold-cocked me with a stiff uppercut to the jaw, picked me up, brushed me off again, then kicked me in the seat of my pants as she handed me a piece of cake and showed me the door. Set in 1901, the novel alternates between the points of view of two boys, Benji Alston, whose goal in life is to become a reporter, and Alvin (Red) Stockard whose heart's ambition is to become a scientist. “The Madman of Piney Woods” takes place 40 years after the events in “Elijah of Buxton” (another one of Curtis's star works) and is narrated by Benji, a black boy, and Red, a ginger-haired kid of Irish ancestry, in alternating chapters. I would love to read more of the adventures of Benji and Red.
Start by marking “The Madman of Piney Woods” as Want to Read: Error rating book. She is strict with Red, smacking him regularly with her cane hard enough to raise a lump. Start studying Christopher Paul Curtis "Madman of Piney Woods Chapter 12-17 Vocabulary A. Boyd. In Benji's case, his parents have high expectations for him while Red must deal with his maternal grandmother and her anger. Perhaps it was because I started with the audio book. Benji is African American and he loves the woods...they are like a second home to him. And he does this in a story that is fast paced, entertaining and memorable. He's one of the best. One such example is Bucking the Sarge, which is about a fifteen year old boy named Luther T. Ferrel, who is in a running battle with his slum-lord mother. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. These kids from very different backgrounds meet and bond and solve a mystery together in the Piney Woods, delivering a solid sense of what life was like in small. Now in the case of his Newbery Honor book, It's 1901 and two 13 year old boys, Benji Alston, an African Canadian living in Buxton, an area settled by former slaves, and Alvin "Red" Stockard, a red-headed Irish Canadian living in nearby Chatham, an area populated by Irish immigrants, are destined to meet…eventually.