• Fri. Jul 12th, 2024

Taking the Mystery out of Black History Month: The Madman of Piney Woods


The Madman of Piney Woods is a companion novel to Elijah of Buxton. Both books are on my TO READ this year list. I don’t know how I missed Elijah but I PROMISE I’m coming for you!

Madman Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis


Here’s a blurb about Madman…

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 expand it, too.


I KNOW I KNOW. The best books break your heart. For various reasons. ┬áCan’t wait to get started on this. Have you read either of them? This middle-grade title counts toward your Diversity Reading Challenge.