Christopher Paul Curtis





Christopher Paul Curtis

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in Flint, Michigan, The United States
May 10, 1953

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Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan on May 10, 1953 to Dr. Herman Elmer Curtis, a chiropodist, and Leslie Jane Curtis, an educator. The city of Flint plays an important role in many of Curtis's books. One such example is Bucking the Sarge, which is about a fifteen year old boy named Luther T. Ferrel, who is in a running battle with his slum-lord mother. Curtis is an alumnus of the University of Michigan-Flint.

Curtis is the father of two children, Steven, an ensign in the United States Navy, and Cydney, a college student and accomplished pianist. His third child is expected to make an appearance in 2011. Christopher modeled characters in Bud, Not Buddy after his two grandfathers—Earl “Lefty” Lewis, a Negro league baseball pitcher, and 1930s b...more


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“...that was Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things to Have a Funner LIfe and Make a Better Liar Out of Yourself Number 83...If a Adult Tells You Not to Worry, and You Weren't Worried Before, You Better Hurry Up and Start 'Cause You're Already Running Late.”
Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy

“Rules and Things Number 63: Never, Ever Say Something Bad About Someone You Don't Know--Especially When You're Around a Bunch of Strangers. You Never Can Tell Who Might Be Kin to That Person or Who Might Be a Lip-Flapping, Big-Mouth Spy.”
Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy

“There comes a time when you're losing a fight that it just doesn't make sense to keep on fighting. It's not that you're being a quitter, it's just that you've got the sense to know when enough is enough.”
Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy

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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (2009 Aurealis Awards)
 
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Looking for Alaska by John Green (Printz Award 2006)
 
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A Wrinkle in Time byMadeleine L'Engle (Newberry Meda, 1963)
 
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Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Winner & National Book Award Finalist 2009)
 
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Savvy by Ingrid Law (Newberry Medal 2009)
 
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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Newberry Award 1978)
 
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Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (Newberry Medal 2005)
 
  4 votes 4.5%

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (Newberry Medal 2000)
 
  3 votes 3.4%

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (Newberry Honour award 2010)
 
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The High King by Lloyd Alexander (Newberry 1969)
 
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Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (Newberry Medal 2006)
 
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