Ages: 9 - 12Publisher: Scholastic Author: Christopher Paul Curtis


In 1858, Little Charlie is the son of a poor sharecropper living outside of Possum Moan, South Carolina. At twelve, he is huge, almost as big as Pap was –until he died.

A few days after Pap’s funeral, Cap’n Buck, appeared demanding money that he said Pap owed him. Unable to pay, Charlie agrees to help Cap’n Buck track down some thieves. Bit by bit, Charlie falls under the overseer’s sway, becoming contaminated by Cap’n Buck’s words and deeds.

With keen insight into a twelve-year-old boy’s thinking process, Christopher Paul Curtis has written a gritty, sadly realistic, stellar story showcasing the evils of an era.

Kemie Nix ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children’s Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents’ Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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