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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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Member:LainaBourgeois
Title:Bud, Not Buddy
Authors:Christopher Paul Curtis
Info:Laurel Leaf (2004), Edition: 1, Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Novel, Music, Family, Ages 12 and Up

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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (1999)

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Bud, Not Buddy is a tense book that took place during the Great Depression. Love the determination in this book and his want to find his father. You do not want to put this book down.
  foleysh | Jul 28, 2015 |
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  josephla | Jul 13, 2015 |
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this story. This is a great book to read aloud to students in third or fourth grade. The things Bud learns about being an adult and the way he shares what he knows is absolutely hilarious. There are so many lessons that can be drawn from his experience in foster car and his journey in search of his father as well as his coping with the loss of him mother. A must read for fourth grade!!! ( )
  msmarymac | Jun 11, 2015 |
Read my review of the audiobook version of this 2000 Newbery Medalist, about racism and the experiences of African Americans during the Depression, at http://newberryproject.blogspot.com/2008/09/bud-not-buddy-2000.html.
  rdg301library | May 24, 2015 |
First of all, I didn't even realize that this was the same author as The Watson's Go to Birmingham until I did a bit of background research on Christopher Paul Curtis. Yet another phenomenal book from Curtis, but one where being defined by the color of your skin isn't a driving factor. On the other hand, though, racism is addressed, but by assuming the mantle of a young orphaned black boy named "Bud, not Buddy," Curtis has us realize that racism isn't as high on the list of this character's priorities as his next meal. The story takes us through Bud's quest to find a home during the Great Depression after running away from an abusive foster family. Along the way, he meets a few interesting characters that shed light on what life was like for Blacks living in the 1930s. This is a great book for introducing children to the issues of racism, homelessness, poverty, and familial issues. Although it might been seen as a book for younger audiences due to its length and straightforward narrative style, I think in the hands of the right teacher more could be extracted from its pages. ( )
  vroussel | Apr 23, 2015 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553494104, Mass Market Paperback)

"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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