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The Legend of Buddy Bush

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  124 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The day Uncle Goodwin "Buddy" Bush came from Harlem all the way back home to Rehobeth Road in Rich Square, North Carolina, is the day twelve-year-old Pattie Mae Sheals' life changes forever.

Pattie Mae adores and admires Uncle Buddy -- he's tall and handsome and he doesn't believe in the country stuff most people believe in, like ghosts and stepping off the sidewalk to le

Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published 2003)
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Mar 25, 2014 D.C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast read, but an excellent one if you're looking for a breath-squeezing sucker punch of emotion. I really would have liked it to be longer, but I loved the realism of the story and the fact that it was a real chain of events. The injustice of the period was a nasty thing, and it’s not glossed over. It will make you want to clench your knuckles in anger. The narrative was so crisp, well-written and realistic that I could have sworn that this girl was sitting right by me telling this horrific y ...more
Jul 17, 2008 Andi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Library copy. In 1947 Rich Square, North Carolina twelve year old Patty Mae lives with her mother and grandparents and adores her Uncle Buddy. He's handsome and smart and just home from living up North in Harlem. Pattie Mae's mother is a sharecropper but her grandparents own their land, bought through her great-great-grandfather's labor towards his former slave owner. In the midst of racism and injustice Pattie Mae's strong family endures heart-breaking trauma as her grandfather slowly dies from ...more
Jun 26, 2011 Adrienne rated it really liked it
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Twelve-year-old Pattie Mae can't wait to go north to visit her older sister and to get away from Rehobeth Road in North Carolina. Although she has loving grandparents and a mother who is strict but caring, Pattie Mae is eager to go to Harlem. In the meantime, though, she's enjoying spending time with her uncle Buddy, who even takes her to see her very first movie. However, Buddy is accused of attacking a white woman, and in the 1947 South, just being black is enough to convict Buddy of a crime h ...more
Nov 17, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
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Kara Roberts
"Although Pattie Mae Sheals has dreams of going to Harlem, where some of her family lives, she knows that Rehobeth Road in Rich Square is really home. But when her grandpa develops a brain tumor and her uncle Buddy Bush -- who's come to town from Harlem in his sky-blue Cadillac and pinstripe suit -- gets falsely accused of attempting to rape a white woman, Pattie Mae's world turns upside down. Grandpa's eyesight gradually begins to fail and Buddy is put behind bars, which of course gives Pattie ...more
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Nov 22, 2015 Glenda Faison rated it it was amazing
I first read this book as part of an English class assignment at FSU. I found the book very enjoyable and relatable. Having grown up in North Carolina in the 60's, and with a granddaddy very similar to Grandpa Jones,this book brought back memories of being on my granddad's small farm helping, with the chores and most importantly listening to him tell stories of how things was and how he and his family had to live. I could see myself in Pattie Mae, for I had an uncle who lived in Harlem and I too ...more
Feb 01, 2013 Frank is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
this book grap my attention.i in enjoy reading it n the lengend of buddy bush uncle goodwin wen he came from america n pattie was about 12 years old n on that day wen uncle goodwin came home pattie her life all change.uncle goodwin wen he came from america he has a car n wen he ask pattie if wen wanded to go for a ride n she wen for a ride after sheriff stop then n uncle goodwin wen to jail between wen he wen to jail pattie wen home the sheriff took her wen she gt home she toll uncle goodwin dad ...more
Nov 10, 2012 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2005 Coretta Scott King award honor book
National Book Award finalist

Historical fiction based on actual events, takes place in 1947 North Carolina. Narrated by Buddy's 12 year old niece, it is the story of a black man falsely charged with the attempted rape of a white woman.
Brian Walker
The novel reads slow. Very little action takes place and it is predictable. That being said, the kids were engaged with this readaloud. The novel did a good job showing the life, feelings, and experiences of an African American girl in the American South in 1947.
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Apr 25, 2010 Tina P rated it liked it
Slow moving, but a good story of racial rights.
Liz Healy
Jan 15, 2013 Liz Healy rated it really liked it
A great glimpse of the Jim Crow South through the eyes of a young black girl. Takes place in Rich Square, NC where my grandmother was from.
Two recollections woven into one. Easy, fast read. Not a favorite, but good portrayal of a young, coming-of-age girl's views of the prejudice around her. Coretta Scott King Author Honor book.
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Based on actual events - could use a fact/fiction chart to analyze these differences.
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Poet, author, playwright, and producer Shelia P. Moses was raised the ninth of ten children on Rehobeth Road in Rich Square, North Carolina. She is the co-author of Dick Gregory's memoir, Callus on My Soul, as well as the award-winning author of several books for young readers. Shelia lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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