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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

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: 1, Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
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Tags:Life, Struggle

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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (1999)


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Listened to the audio book. ( )
  NayelyH | Sep 19, 2016 |
A good book to use to put a story behind the historical concepts that are being introduced and taught. Teaches about a different culture in a familiar area to Michigan students. ( )
  rileyjb | Sep 13, 2016 |
I loved this book. I thought it was very insightful into the life of a young African American boy living during the Great Depression. All while keeping it's serious tone about what was going on during this time period, it was also very humorous and intriguing. I thought that this book has a lot to offer when it comes to history and learning about the great depression and there are many ways you can integrate this book into the classroom.
  Chelsea07127 | Sep 7, 2016 |
Young Bud has been at the Home in Flint, Michigan ever since his Momma died four years ago. When a family with a slightly older boy takes him in and Bud starts getting bullied, he runs away determined to seek out Herman Calloway, a man he believes to be his father.

I will be the first to admit that my relationship with this book suffered from the disjointed way I read it. I'd listen and fall asleep (the narrator was fabulous it was not his fault), read the book (and reread parts I was half-asleep for) and the e-book over the course of 11 days, when if I'd just sat down with the book itself I probably could've read it in a sitting or two. Also, in looking over the reviews I happened upon a pretty big spoiler that ruined the emotional impact the ending might have had. I liked Bud, but I found the scenario a little unbelievable. Would a ten-year-old really have run away and been on his own and as naive as this child during the Great Depression? That being said, this is a book written for kids, not adults, and questions like this would not have bothered me 25 years ago. Bud's journey was intriguing, but I found the ending abrupt. This historical fiction does give a glimpse of how life was like for many Americans in that time period, and the author's note tells an intriguing story of real people that two of the characters were based upon. I wanted to like the book more than I did, but ended up with mixed feelings. ( )
  bell7 | Aug 26, 2016 |
Bud Not Buddy tells the story of an orphan boy growing up during the depression as he attempts to find his family. Bud's travels take him to a Hooverville town as he witnesses police brutality of the poor. Bud then meets a union organizer who helps him get to Grand Rapids from Flint. Bud then meets the man who he thinks is his father, a great jazz band leader. Bud is more accepted by the rest of the band than Herman and he finds his home. Later it is revealed that Herman is actually Bud's grandfather. This historical fiction uses very strong characters to introduce the reader to a lot of the main cultural forces of the Great Depression. Many students who are in unstable homes or have come from foster care will relate to Bud's view of the world and his constant struggle to find love and family.
  SteveKorin | Jul 13, 2016 |
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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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