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.
“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.