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Bud, Not Buddy (Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner)
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 »
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ISBN-13: 9780385323062
ISBN-10: 0385323069
Publication Date: 9/7/1999
Pages: 256
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 50 ratings
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Bud, Not Buddy (Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner) on + 26 more book reviews
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One of my all time favorite books! This is the best book i've ever read and I dont think that will change!
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I was required to read this in my Children's Lit class in college. I actually enjoyed the story even though it is Junior High level reading!
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There are some really good, in-depth reviews by fellow members so I'll be brief about the summary and share more why I enjoyed the story. 10 year-old, Bud is orphaned at six. We're not sure how his mother died, but according to Bud it was sudden and without pain. Bud and his mother were very close. She read to him and was very attentive to her son. She did her best to prepare Bud for the world, but what she wouldn't share was who his father was. She did leave clues and after being mistreated by his last foster family, Bud takes off to find his dad.

What I like about Curtis' work is his ability to make history accessible through personal stories of very young characters. While the story was set in the Great Depression, I don't think Curtis' primary goal was to teach history. Rather, I think his aim was to illustrate the connection between history at-large and our personal histories. It's through relationships that history becomes relevant in Curtis' work.

I think Curtis is adept at creating authentic voice for his young characters. Bud speaks with some distinct grammar errors that a boy his age would make. His focus on his immediate needs and his belief that he can do something like find his father with little information and very limited resources speaks to the resiliency and naviete of youth. The author's sense of humor combined with the perceptions of the world as seen through the experience of the young render his stories exceedingly accessible and memorable.

My daughter and niece both read the book and neither were too articulate about the details, but they got the gist of what was going on, and I think they learned something. What's interesting to me are the differences in perception of the student and adult readers of the same book. They both told me enough that I wanted to read it, and they both didn't provide the kind of details that made me laugh as an adult reading a young boy's account of his adventure. I think adults perceive nuances students miss or overlook, but both audiences find something enjoyable in Curtis' work. This is my second novel by the author and I look forward to reading more by him
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My son read this for school and liked it a lot. This book has won the Coretta Scott King Award and the Newbery Medal Award.
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This book is very good. I read this book in fith grade i reccomend it for all ages i loved it!!!!!!
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reviewed Bud, Not Buddy (Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner) on + 1047 more book reviews
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.
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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.