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Bud Not Buddy - Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner Author:Christopher Paul Curtis It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud's got a few things going for him: — 1. He has his own suitcase filled with his own important, secret things. — 2. He's the author of Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself<... more »/b>.
3. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers of Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!
Bud's got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road and find this mystery man, nothing can stop him--not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.
Bud, Not Buddy is full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters, hitting the high notes of jazz and sounding the deeper tones of the Great Depression. Once again Christopher Paul Curtis, author of the award-winning novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963, takes readers on a heartwarming and unforgettable journey.« less
A charming, positive story. The tale is about a boy whose mother dies and he finds himself in a home for orphans. The boy goes from home to home when people take him only for the money they are given by the state. The author describes his last home and the boy's escape from a locked shed. He believes he has a father somewhere who is a member of a band. The tale follows Bud in his search for his father who turns out to be his grandfather. It's a positive read about the role that music played during the Depression and how an orphan boy finds a home and people who love him.
Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
Jennifer S. reviewed Bud, Not Buddy (Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner) on
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Bud is such a smart and captivating character and his view of the things happening around him and the choices he makes make him both extremely endearing and extremely frustrating. (I say frustrating because, as an adult, I want to jump in the book and protect him since some of his choices could potentially be very dangerous.) I love this book and have already shared it with a few friends. It's a quick, fun, entertaining read.