Thorndike Press

The Journey of Little Charlie

  • Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432861441
  • ISBN-13: 9781432861445
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 lbs ( .48 kgs)
  • 270 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released December 2018



A National Book Award Finalist
A Newbery Medal Winning Author

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.

Grades 4-7 |Age 9-12 |Lexile 960


Customer Reviews

A thought-provoking book from a master storyteller.

— School Library Journal (starred)

Curtis portrays Charlie as a product of his white Southern upbringing and values, skillfully conveying how his widening view of the world leads to a change in his thinking. Written in persuasive dialect and piloted by a hero who finds the courage to do what he knows is right, Curtis's unsparing novel pulls no punches as it illuminates an ugly chapter of American history.

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

Newbery winner Curtis once again successfully draws on the stories about enslaved people who found freedom in Canada . . . A characteristically lively and complex addition to the historical fiction of the era from Curtis.

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Curtis's ability to intertwine humor and tragedy, change pacing effectively, and find hope in the direst of circumstances is masterful . . . Readers will be riveted by the conclusion . . . if they can see the words through their tears.

— The Horn Book (starred)