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Bud, Not Buddy (1999)

by Christopher Paul Curtis

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This book has a very special place in my heart. Bud is probably one of my favorite characters of all time, and one I probably would have loved just as much as a child. His suitcase, his rules and things, his story, his superstitions. His character is what really makes this book. I've heard that this book is used for book clubs or all class reads around 4th or 5th grade in schools--which seems perfect really. This book is a very excellent introduction to racial issues, poverty, and history of the Great Depression. Excellent excellent read. Deserves all of its awards. ( )
  LoisHaight | Mar 18, 2014 |
This book is about a kid named Bud. It has been four years since his mother died. He is an orphan and tired of being one. Bud runs away from the orphanage and tries to find the guy that was in the flyers that his mom had out around the house. While he is running away he hides in a bush stays there until a man yells out and asks if anybody is here. Bud gets up and then the next day is at home in the man's house. He finds a train and tries to ride it to Hooverville with Bugs another kid. He find the group of Jazz people and Steady Eddie buys him his own saxophone. In the end Bud learns to play the saxophone.
This book is really good and i would recommend it to all kids. I liked it when Bud went on so many trips and adventured around the states. First from Michigan, to California, to Grand Rapids, and then stays there in his new home.
  HannahK.B1 | Mar 9, 2014 |
This is a great piece of historical fiction that gives the reader a good idea of what life was like for a kid during the depression. Bud goes through a lot of tough situations, but through it all he keeps his head up and keeps going.
  polochick | Feb 18, 2014 |
Bud Not Buddy is a childrens novel that tells the story of ten year old Buddy who is an orphan living in Flint Michigan. During this time (the 1930's) Buddy finds himself on a journey of eventually finding his real family members.
  Laaaron | Dec 10, 2013 |
I really enjoyed this book, especially because it was based in Michigan. The story behind it is touching. It's sad because buddy is a foster child because his mother passed and he didn't know who his dad was so he jumped from house to house. I thought his fathers band taking him in was very touching. They treated him like their own son and created a bond with him. In the end, buddy's father finally realizes that buddy is really his son. I really enjoyed reading this book. It got a little boring in the middle but then it started picking up and that's when I was getting drawn into it.
  khanai | Dec 9, 2013 |
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I dedicate this book to the following people:

Leslie and Herman Curtis Jr.
Sarah and Earl Lewis
Hazel and Herman E. Curtis Sr.
Joan and George Taylor, Nina and Sterling Sleet
Gloria and Frederick "Bud" Curtis
Virginia and F. D. Johnson, Paul Lewis
Donna and Eugene Miller
Johnnie and Don Ricks, Rosemary and Willie Swan
Carol and Lawrence Anderson
Laverne and James Cross Sr.
Carolyn and Dan Evans
Willie and Frances and Robert James
Dorothy and Theodore Johnson
Tommie and robert Epps Sr
Mr. and Mrs. Small of Liberty Street, James Wesley Sr.
Harrison Edward Patrick
James Cross Jr.
LaRon Williams, Douglas Tennant
Margaret Davidson, Roland Alums, John Nash
Suzanne Henry Jakeway
And Alvin Stockard-
all of whom led and lead by example, all of whom have been models of compassion, strength and love, all of whom I'll remember forever.
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"A bud is a flower-to-be. A flower-in-waiting. Waiting for just the right warmth and care to open up. It's a little fist of love waiting to unfold and be seen by the world. And that's you." Chapter 5, pg. 42
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I enjoyed this book. It seems like this book presents a lot of great material to really look into culture and history. This book seems good for about 4th grade and up. The book opens dialogue for teachers to introduce children into the reflection on many issues including adversity, hope, homelessness, fostercare system and resiliency.
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"It's funny how ideas are, in a lot of ways they're just like seeds. Both of them start real, real small and then... woop, zoop, sloop... before you can say Jack Robinson, they've gone and grown a lot bigger than you ever thought they could." So figures scrappy 10-year-old philosopher Bud--"not Buddy"--Caldwell, an orphan on the run from abusive foster homes and Hoovervilles in 1930s Michigan. And the idea that's planted itself in his head is that Herman E. Calloway, standup-bass player for the Dusky Devastators of the Depression, is his father.

Guided only by a flier for one of Calloway's shows--a small, blue poster that had mysteriously upset his mother shortly before she died--Bud sets off to track down his supposed dad, a man he's never laid eyes on. And, being 10, Bud-not-Buddy gets into all sorts of trouble along the way, barely escaping a monster-infested woodshed, stealing a vampire's car, and even getting tricked into "busting slob with a real live girl." Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963, once again exhibits his skill for capturing the language and feel of an era and creates an authentic, touching, often hilarious voice in little Bud. (Ages 8 to 12) --Paul Hughes

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Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

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