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 fill it with joy and laughter, too.
Christopher Paul Curtis
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
- From THE MADMAN OF PINEY WOODS
As a cold shiver ran through my body and heat
flushed through my face, I quickly lost my courage. Knocking over the chair I was
going to sit in, I ran toward the kitchen and shouted, "Oh, Benji! Please! For the
love of God, run!"
I can only imagine the confused look that must
have come to Father's face when Benji hollered over his shoulder, "Thank you very
much for having me over for supper, sir, the conversation was stimulating, your
company was exhilarating, and that was one of the finest meals I've ever had!" Benji
jostled past me as we ran through the kitchen and spilled out onto the back porch.
running!" I yelled.
Three blocks from home, I grabbed the back of Benji's
jacket and pulled him to a stop. I leaned over, put my hands on my knees, and gasped,
"I'm fairly certain we're safe. I don't think she can run this far."
don't think who can run this far? Who are we running from?"
"Your grandmother? We're running like this from your grandmother?"