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Bud, Not Buddy (1999)

by Christopher Paul Curtis

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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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"Afterward" author tells about connections between his life and this book.
  VillageProject | Apr 15, 2022 |
Great story -- Bud is a wonderful kid, making his way in the Depression in Michigan. He goes on a quest to find his father and finds much more than that. His rules for life are funny, and his irrepressible spirit is inspiring. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
This book follows a young African American orphan in the Great Depression. He escapes his foster home and goes on a series of adventures until her meets the man he was looking for, who ends up being his grandfather. The book displays the hardships of the Great Depression as well as the hardships of being a young black man during that time. I would say that this would be a good book for 4th or 5th grade and up depending on a students reading level. ( )
  Rachel_Sherwood | Mar 20, 2022 |
This book was about an African American boy that was a part of the foster system. I think that this book would be great for 5th grade or middle school, and would be best to learn more about and have more empathy for children in different situations. In the end, this book was really great and very sad because it is very real, but it is a good story for children to read and learn from. ( )
  elliemulree | Mar 7, 2022 |
Grades 4-8
Coretta Scott King Book Awards 1970-2021
John Newberry Medal Award 1922-2021
Golden Kite Awards 1971-2021
  NyNy_ | Nov 23, 2021 |
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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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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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