Bud, Not Buddy

Bud, Not Buddy

  • Publish Date: 2004-09-14
  • Binding: Mass Market Paperback
  • Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
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The Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a boy who decides to hit the road to find his fatherfrom Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go To Birmingham1963, a Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree.

Its 1936, in Flint Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Buds got a few things going for him:

1. He has his own suitcase full of special things.
2. Hes the author of Bud Caldwells Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.
3. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!

Buds got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road to find this mystery man, nothing can stop himnot hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.

AN ALA BEST BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTS
AN ALA NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOK
AN IRA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD WINNER
NAMED TO 14 STATE AWARD LISTS

The book is a gem, of value to all ages, not just the young people to whom it is aimed. The Christian Science Monitor

Will keep readers engrossed from first page to last. Publishers Weekly, Starred

Curtis writes with a razor-sharp intelligence that grabs the reader by the heart and never lets go. . . . This highly recommended title [is] at the top of the list of books to be read again and again. Voice of Youth Advocates, Starred




From the Trade Paperback edition. "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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