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Author: Christopher Paul Curtis Narrator: Kirby Heyborne, JD Jackson Publisher: Listening Library (Audio) Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9780804123112
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Bestselling Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis delivers a powerful companion to his multiple award-winning ELIJAH OF BUXTON.

Benji and Red couldn't be more different. They aren't friends. They don't even live in the same town. But their fates are entwined. A chance meeting leads the boys to discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. Both of them have encountered a strange presence in the forest, watching them, tracking them. Could the Madman of Piney Woods be real?

In a tale brimming with intrigue and adventure, Christopher Paul Curtis returns to the vibrant world he brought to life in Elijah of Buxton. Here is another novel that will break your heart -- and expand it, too. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “This exhilarating ‘companion book’ to the Newbery Honor–winning Elijah of Buxton is set forty years later in 1901 and introduces two boys of different backgrounds who unite to solve a mystery.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A delight, featuring the author’s obvious love for his characters, his skillful use of sentiment, and his often hyperbolic humor…It is, in short, quintessential Curtis, sure to please his legions of fans and to cultivate new ones.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Humor and tragedy are often intertwined, and readers will find themselves sobbing and chuckling, sometimes in the same scene…Beautiful storytelling as only Curtis can do it.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Writing in his customary episodic style, Curtis relates their separate stories in alternating chapters, incorporating a large cast, his trademark humor and gritty hijinks, and the historical events that shaped the people and the area: slavery, the US Civil War, and Irish immigration.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This companion novel to Elijah of Buxton, set forty years after its conclusion, is a powerful testimony to the joys of friendship and the cost of unresolved hatred…Although occasionally somber and heartbreaking, there is great humor, hope, and adventure from Benji and Red… Stunning.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Both narrators deliver the boys’ self-assuredness with relish…but they shine most in the voices of the adult characters. Jackson terrifies listeners by detachedly recounting the horrors of the Civil War as the Madman. Heyborne delivers a pitch-perfect Irish accent in the voice of Grandmother O’Toole. The care in both portrayals brings depth to Curtis’ theme of the varying ways hardships can shape or damage human beings.”


  • A 2014 New York Times Book Review Notable Book for Children

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About the Author

Christopher Paul Curtis made an outstanding debut in children’s literature with The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963. His second novel, Bud, Not Buddy, is the first book ever to receive both the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award.

About the Narrators

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered over twenty Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.

J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.