It’s hard for an adult to write in a child’s voice, and I don’t think Curtis gets it here. There’s something too deliberate, too self-conscious about his Elijah. The book meanders for a while – setting and celebrating the scene, introducing the mainly one-dimensional characters. Then Curtis offers us some fairly predictable plot. Though the ending is interesting, the book doesn’t hang together well. Curtis has an outstanding reputation, so I’ll try some of his other books, but I can’t recommend this one.