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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
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Bud, Not Buddy (original 1999; edition 2004)

by Christopher Paul Curtis

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Title:Bud, Not Buddy
Authors:Christopher Paul Curtis
Info:Laurel Leaf (2004), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
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Tags:young adult, Identity, culture, historical fiction

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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (1999)

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good book about struggles through the Great Depression. Tells a good story about a underprivileged child's struggles.
  Rachael_Dorsch | Dec 11, 2018 |
A critical story of an orphan boy who goes through foster care and begins a search journey for his father using some valuable items left by his mother.
  RanaH. | Oct 30, 2018 |
My thoughts on this book are that it is a great book to read as a class. It is about an orphan that is determined to find out who his father is. He is very brave. This young boy is adopted by a family that doesn't treat him well so he runs away on the hunt for his father. ( )
  maespino | Oct 28, 2018 |
Summary: A young boy is on the search to find his father after losing his mother. She left clues for him, but he is determined to not stop searching until he found him.

Classroom: Fill a bag with important stuff that you would take with you! ( )
  Indiam16 | Sep 18, 2018 |
I read this book in one day! Bud has a strong voice. I enjoyed reading his list, Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things to Have a Funner Life and Make a Better Liar Out of Yourself. Christopher Paul Curtis did a nice job showing how people can make helpful and hurtful decisions depending on the situation. This is definitely a good book if you like surprise endings! ( )
  tifhuy | Jul 24, 2018 |
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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
She handed me the pencil and paper and the cities book, then said, "And when you're done with the book bring it back and I have something special for you!" She had a huge smile on her face.
 I said "Thank you, ma'am," but I didn't get too excited 'cause I know the kind of things librarians think are special.
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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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