Books by Christopher Paul Curtis

THE JOURNEY OF LITTLE CHARLIE by Christopher Paul Curtis
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A characteristically lively and complex addition to the historical fiction of the era from Curtis. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A white sharecroppers' son finds himself on a mission to recapture a family that has escaped slavery. Read full book review >
THE MADMAN OF PINEY WOODS by Christopher Paul Curtis
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Beautiful storytelling as only Curtis can do it. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Forty years after Elijah Freeman's exploits in Elijah of Buxton (2007), 13-year-olds Benji Alston and Red Stockard become friends as Curtis revisits Buxton, Ontario, in a fine companion novel. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"Deza is one great heroine in her own right, a fitting literary companion to Bud Caldwell. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Deza Malone had a brief appearance in Curtis' multiple-award-winning novel, Bud, Not Buddy (Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Author Award, 2000). Now, she is the dynamic and engaging heroine of her own story. Read full book review >
ELIJAH OF BUXTON by Christopher Paul Curtis
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"This is Curtis's best novel yet, and no doubt many readers, young and old, will finish and say, 'This is one of the best books I have ever read.' (author's note) (Fiction. 9+)"
Eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman is known for two things: being the first child born free in Buxton, Canada, and throwing up on the great Frederick Douglass. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"Readers will need to have read the first of the series to understand the characters and to go on to future volumes to see how this story ends. (Fiction. 8-11)"
The Flint Future Detectives return and, along with their newest member, Richelle Cyrus-Herndon, follow Russell's dog through a wall mural into Ourside. Read full book review >
MR. CHICKEE’S FUNNY MONEY by Christopher Paul Curtis
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Another winner from a master storyteller. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When Mr. Chickee gives fourth-grader Steven Carter a special present, he sets in motion this first in a humorous series starring the Flint Future Detectives. Read full book review >
BUCKING THE SARGE by Christopher Paul Curtis
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"Told in Luther's jivey, colloquial voice, enriched by Curtis's cast of large-hearted survivors, and enlivened by his coruscating style, this is another winner—or, as Luther might say, a 'three-peat.' (Fiction. 10-16)"
Luther's hard-driving mother, "Sarge," has built personal life and financial empire (slum housing, group homes, loan sharking business) through belief in two things: herself and money. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Curtis tries to shoehorn in more characters and subplots than the story will comfortably bear—as do many first novelists—but he creates a well-knit family and a narrator with a distinct, believable voice. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Curtis debuts with a ten-year-old's lively account of his teenaged brother's ups and downs. Read full book review >