Christopher Paul Curtis is one of my favorite authors so I was very excited to read this book! This story takes place in the early 1900’s in a town in Canada where many runaway and freed slaves settled several decades earlier. The story alternates between the stories of Benji and Red, and eventually their stories come together as the boys meet and form an unlikely friendship. One thing the boys face together is meeting the Madman of Piney Woods, a mysterious and somewhat frightening man who lives alone in the woods. Not only do they learn more about his past, they also learn that there is more than meets the eye with the Madman. This is an awesome historical fiction book with a hint of humor and mystery that any reader up for a challenge will love!