The National Book Award finalist by Christopher Paul Curtis!
Twelve-year-old Charlie is down on his luck: His sharecropper father just died and Cap'n Buck -- the most fearsome man in Possum Moan, South Carolina -- has come to collect a debt. Fearing for his life, Charlie strikes a deal with Cap'n Buck and agrees to track down some folks accused of stealing from the cap'n and his boss. It's not too bad of a bargain for Charlie... until he comes face-to-face with the fugitives and discovers their true identities. Torn between his guilty conscience and his survival instinct, Charlie needs to figure out his next move -- and soon. It's only a matter of time before Cap'n Buck catches on.
Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis brings his trademark humor and heart to this story of a boy struggling to do right in the face of history's cruelest evils.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Imagine Huckleberry Finn written from a modern viewpoint. Set just before the Civil War, The Journey of Little Charlie tells the story of Charlie, a poor South Carolina sharecropper’s son who tangles with a violently sadistic slave owner. Newbery Medal winner Christopher Paul Curtis tells Charlie’s story with period-specific 1850s dialect that takes a couple of pages to get used to, but adds bold color and a dry, sardonic wit. Little Charlie’s experiences are harsh, but his journey is ultimately uplifting, full of vibrant characters struggling to survive in a turbulent time.