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Christopher Paul Curtis

Author of Bud, Not Buddy

19+ Works 24,600 Members 1,147 Reviews 18 Favorited

About the Author

Newbery Medal-winning children's book author Christopher Paul Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan on May 10, 1953 and graduated from The University of Michigan. While there he won the Avery and Jules Hopwood Prizes for poetry and a draft of one of his early books. Curtis spent thirteen years on an show more assembly line hanging car doors. His story The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 received a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor, and Bud, Not Buddy became the first novel to win both of these awards. Elijah of Buxton received the 2008 Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and a Newbery Honor. Curtis also won the 2009 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Christopher Paul Curtis

Associated Works

Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) — Foreword, some editions — 17,263 copies, 191 reviews
Guys Read: Funny Business (2010) — Contributor — 702 copies, 21 reviews
Bites: Scary Stories to Sink Your Teeth Into (2009) — Contributor — 148 copies, 2 reviews
Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy (2009) — Contributor — 71 copies
It's Terrific to Be Ten (2000) — Contributor — 50 copies, 2 reviews
Best African American Fiction (2009) (2009) — Contributor — 48 copies, 1 review

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Birthdate
1953-05-10
Gender
male
Nationality
USA (birth)
Canada
Birthplace
Flint, Michigan, USA
Places of residence
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Education
University of Michigan-Flint
Occupations
factory worker
author
Awards and honors
Michigan Author Award (2005)
Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement (2024)
Short biography
Christopher Paul Curtis grew up in Flint, Michigan. After high school he began working on the assembly line at the Fisher Body Flint Plant no.1 while attending the Flint branch of the University of Michigan. Today he is a full-time writer. He and his wife, Kay, have two children, Steven and Cydney. The Curtis family lives in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. [adapted from Bud, not Buddy (1999)]

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This is a book that has been on the shelf of my classroom library for years and I'm embarrassed to say that I hadn't read it until now! I actually listened to the audiobook version, which was lovely as it was read by Lavar Burton!

The author writes in way that is relatable and makes you feel like you are having a conversation with the narrator, Kenny! The title of chapter 1 drew me right in--"And You Wonder Why We Get Called the Weird Watsons" and the stories of Kenny kept me reading! The narrator's humor connected the reader to him and his stories were entertaining. I was laughing as I heard about the whirlpool (Wool Pooh)! The anecdotes connect us to Kenny and his family and starts with lighthearted fun, then gets to more serious topics towards the end. As the family visits their grandma in Birmingham, they witness an atrocity, the Birmingham Church Bombing. The author does a great job of capturing how a kid would react to a serious situation, especially since Kenny initially thought his sister might be involved. This book opens the door for further conversations about the Civil Rights Movement and key historical events of that era.… (more)
 
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bevsmev | 398 other reviews | Jul 19, 2024 |
Great story that deals with the racial problems of Birmingham and growing up in Flint Michigan
 
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Rostie | 398 other reviews | May 19, 2024 |
This book was easy to read, but not terribly exciting. The main character is a 4th grade boy. It teaches friendship and kindness, making mistakes, and dealing with grief and feelings of inadequacy.
 
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GrowWithMe | 398 other reviews | Apr 20, 2024 |
A well- written book for students grades 4-6. The book deals with difficult topics with characters students can relate to. This book is an excellent selection to read aloud and discuss as a class.
 
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Chrissylou62 | 398 other reviews | Apr 11, 2024 |

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Works
19
Also by
6
Members
24,600
Popularity
#852
Rating
3.9
Reviews
1,147
ISBNs
263
Languages
9
Favorited
18

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