The Journey of Little Charlie (Hardcover)

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Charlie Bobo doesn't know much beyond the fields he tills as a young sharecropper in Possum Moan, South Carolina. When he is tasked to help Cap'n Buck capture a family of escaped slaves, he doesn't think beyond settling his father's debt to the slave driver. But his journey reveals another debt Charlie didn’t realize he owed, a debt to half of humanity, and he’ll need to unlearn his prejudices to repay it. Charlie reminds us we are all capable of recognizing and fighting injustice, and of doing the right thing. -Emma

— From Spring Booknotes 2018


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.

About the Author

Christopher Paul Curtis was awarded both a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his debut book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham -- 1963, and won the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award for his second book, Bud, Not Buddy. Mr. 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, and the Newbery Honor book Elijah of Buxton.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545156660
ISBN-10: 0545156661
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: February 1st, 2018
Pages: 256
Language: English