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Bud, Not Buddy

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  71,248 Ratings  ·  3,687 Reviews
It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud's got a few things going for him:1. He has his own suitcase filled with his own important, secret things.2. He's the author of Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.3. His momma never told him who his ...more
Hardcover, 243 pages
Published September 7th 1999 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1999)
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Mrs. Posmer
Nov 29, 2011 Mrs. Posmer rated it it was amazing
I will never look at a 'ticonderoga' pencil the same again!
Teresa
Feb 19, 2013 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my husband's grandsons (the 5th grader) asked me if I'd read this book and when I said 'no' (I hadn't heard of it), he told me it was good. Well, if a boy, about to turn 11, takes the time to recommend a book to me, odds are I'm going to read it.

The voice of the 10-year-old, Bud (not Buddy), in this novel is irrepressible and the setting of Flint, Michigan, during the Depression comes to life with tons of details but not a one of them ponderous. While keeping its tone age-appropriate, the
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Elle Fae
Dnf at around 80%.

It's not that book wasn't good. The writing was fun to read, the main character Bud not Buddy was adorable and his determination to make his life better was so uplifting.

But I just kept it under my bed for so long that I'm no longer interested in finishing it. That, and it was overdue at my library so I had to return it today.

So I doubt I'll be reviewing this properly. Looks like I'm just as lazy trying to type words to describe this book now as I was reading the book.

I won't b
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Book Concierge
Audio book performed by James Avery.
5***** and a

In Depression-era Flint, Michigan, 10-year-old Bud Caldwell (BUD, not Buddy) is plucked from the “home” to go to a foster family. This will be the third foster home he’s been in, and he’s not impressed. But he takes his worn, cardboard suitcase with his few but treasured possessions and tries to make the best of it. Before he knows it, he’s on the lam, determined to find his own way and sure that the things his Momma left him are clues to his fat
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Linda Lipko
Christopher Paul Curtis did it again! In writing this 2000 Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King award-winning book, he wove another magical, enchanting, complex, well crafted and spell binding tale filled with poignancy, sadness and laughter while teaching history in a captivating way.

I've raved about this author before, so please indulge my obsession one more time in encouraging you to take a few hours of solitude to savor every word, phrase and nuance of this incredible writer.

What's in a name
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Ash R.
Jan 15, 2009 Ash R. rated it really liked it
Bud, Not Buddy is a tense book that took place during the Great Depression. It is about an Orphan thats an African Boy looking for this father with only few clues of finding him. He use to live with his mother all his life, but after his mother got sick for awhile, she dies and Bud is sent to "The Home". His mother did tell him his father was in a jazz band and Bud escaped and was on his way to look for his dad.

I can make a text to world connection to Bud trying to find his dad because there ar
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Rebecca
This was no The Watsons Go to Birmingham. Just a little too predictable. But it's powerfully told, and Curtis has the rare ability to get inside the head of his young narrators. Especially smart, sassy, sensitive little boys... Bud is definitely a winner.

Audiobook minuses:
While younger readers might find them really funny, these two things drove me CRazy. Especially trapped in the car wishing my eyes could glaze over a line or two.
1)The slang seemed vaguely era-appropriate (see Rebecca's Fictio
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Amanda
Nov 30, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it
When Bud Caldwell decides to run away from his most recent foster family in Depression-era Michigan, he has no destination in mind. After a few days (and a failed attempt to hop a train), he realizes that the only place he knows to go is Grand Rapids, Michigan, to look up the man that he is convinced is his father. Unfortunately Herman E. Calloway, a famous jazz musician, has no interest in taking care of a 10-year-old orphan who could not possibly be his son. Bud lands on his feet, though, than ...more
Stephanne Stacey
My daughter had to read this for school. This is the daughter that doesn't like to read. She loved it, and told me that I had to read it as well! Any one that knows me would know how weird and remarkable that is. So I borrowed the class addition and read it this weekend. Amazing! For a young adult book this should be a must read.

The story will make you laugh, cry, and hope that the protagonist will find what he is looking for. I even enjoyed the way it ended, resolved yet leaving you hoping tha
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Lstirl
Dec 02, 2008 Lstirl rated it it was amazing
On an adventure to find a family, Bud charms and moves the reader with both his fortitude and wit.


Ages 9-12

This is a very moving and heartwarming book. The adventurous nature of the book will appeal to children, as will the optimistic and humorous protagonist, Bud. Along his journey to find a family, Bud meets many interesting and well-presented characters, such as the mouth organ playing man at "Hooverville," his friend, Bugs, and Miss Thomas. While the setting is bleak and sad, Bud remains fu
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Kristen
Nov 06, 2009 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Kristen by: a library school professor and the Newbery committee
I need to learn to stop reading the last pages of books for my Children's Materials class in coffee shops. It always sounds like such a good idea, but ends in my crying, surreptitiously wiping tears away, while the people in the shop look away from me in embarrassment. And Bud, Not Buddy was no exception to this rule. I am an overwrought, emotional sucker.

I loved this book. I laughed out loud in several places--most notably when Bud would tell his "Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things to have a Funne
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Jacquelyn
Nov 20, 2008 Jacquelyn rated it it was amazing
Genre: Historical fiction Reading level: Ages 9-12
A young boy decides to run away from his foster home and travel across country in search of a man he believes to be his father. His only knowledge of this elusive figure lies in his most precious possessions, a handful of flyers that his mother held dear featuring a musician in a series of jazz bands. Bud uses his wit, humor, and his “Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself”. Food and jobs may be hard to
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David Sof 2014
Mar 26, 2009 David Sof 2014 rated it really liked it
Bud, Not Buddy is a book by Christopher paul Curtis. It is about an lonely african boy who is a orphan looking for this dad with only a slight amount of clues to seek him. His mother was sick and she died. Bud was sent to a place called the Home. His mother gave him some of what hes father was and he learned he was in a jazz band and more. So he gets out of the place and the search had begun.

I can connect this to the world and other books of Orphans never knowing what their parents were or who s
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Charity
May 22, 2014 Charity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
This might sound silly, but this book reminded me that ten-year-old boys are still children. I have a son, but he's not yet five, so it's clear that he's still a child, and my nine-year-old daughter reminds me several times a day that she's still a child, but the ten-year-old boys I know all seem so tall and lanky and serious and I see them just infrequently enough that I forget how young ten is. I'm sure my son will remind me as he gets older.

Bud is so self-sufficient and at the same time so vu
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Kurt's rating: 5 stars

Bud is living in an orphanage after the death of his mother. He has never known his father. He keeps his possessions in a battered old suitcase. Among his favorite things are some old flyers for concert appearances featuring Herman E. Calloway. Bud believes that Calloway must be his father because of the way his mother used to look at the flyers. When his latest foster home situation results in abuse, he runs away, determined to find his
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(NS) Becca
I listened to this audio book and found that it was well read, but something about the book made me drift at times that I think I might have been able to stay more focused if I were reading. This novel takes place in the 1930's and is about a boy named Bud who is an orphan. The book chronicles the struggles Bud faces as he runs away from a foster home in search of a better life. He has no mother and never met his father, but is on a journey to find him. He decides his father must be a famous man ...more
Wendy
Sep 25, 2008 Wendy rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbery
I really liked this sweet kid's voice. The author does it perfectly--his own voice never intrudes. I liked the way racism is touched on several times, because it's an inescapable part of Bud's life, but not dwelt on, because that isn't what the story's about.

It has something of a fantasy ending, but that's maybe not such a bad thing here.
Paul
Mar 20, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it
This book had a very realistic setting, Illinois to another State, just to find his Dad! Bud takes a very long journey to get to his dad. This journey, also made Bud take risks, like when Bud travels with a man to the hospital to deliver blood and he drives him to his Dad's house. Well, that's not the end, he gets to be in the band!
Beth
Re-read on 10-25-14
Liked this better the second time around. My favorite scene is the one where the band mates give Bud his stage name: Sleepy La Bone. Too funny! James Avery as the audiobook narrator was a fantastic choice.
Karen
Nov 22, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
I see why this beautifully written story won the Coretta Scott King award. I would recommend this delightful novel for all to read. Even my husband was interested. He usually reads non-fiction.
Anna
Dec 27, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grant
My 9 year old gives this 5 stars.

Updated: I read this myself. Great book. I loved it.
Connie Rossini
Dec 19, 2016 Connie Rossini rated it really liked it
Bud, not Buddy is one of those books the whole family will laugh at if you read it aloud. It's intense and scary at times too. As another reviewer said, Bud's voice is realistic and believable throughout.

Bud is a ten-year-old orphan who goes on a trek to find the father he's never known. No one ever told him who his father was, but he believes his late mother left him clues. He is convinced Herman E. Calloway, a famous band leader, is the man.

Set in 1930's Michigan, the story tells us about the
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Elizabeth L.
Jan 16, 2013 Elizabeth L. rated it really liked it
I am currently reading the book Bud, Not Buddy. I have only read 3 chapters in the book but so far it has been really interesting and I don't want to put it down. This book is about a boy named Bud,it all started when he was 6 years old and his mom died (he never had a dad)and after his mom died he was sent to a foster home. This was a very hard time for Bud. While he was at his third foster home, he was standing in line waiting to eat breakfast when out of nowhere a caseworker came up to him an ...more
Ana
Aug 13, 2012 Ana rated it really liked it
Buku ini sederhana, tp dalem :')

Bud (yang ga mau dipanggil Buddy) menjadi yatim piatu di umur 6 tahun. Sejak ibunya meninggal, ia tinggal di panti asuhan. Trus tiba saatnya dia diadopsi oleh keluarga Amos. Ternyata sesampai di sana,keluarga Amos ga sebaik yang ia pikir. Maka kaburlah si Bud Caldwell ini.

Dari sinilah perjalanan mencari ayahnya Bud, yg dr bayi ga pernah ia kenal, dimulai. Bud hanya berbekal flyer berisi sebuah band yang akan manggung di suatu tempat. Salah satu personel Band itul
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Samuel
Dec 13, 2013 Samuel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, newbery
Ten-year-old Bud Caldwell isn't in the best of circumstances as Bud, Not Buddy opens. His mother is dead, all of his possessions fit into a single suitcase, and he's being shipped off to yet another foster home during the heart of the Great Depression. But after things at the foster home go very wrong, Bud sets off on his own to find the father he's never known, with little to help him other than a faded flyer for a band: Herman E. Calloway and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!

So beg
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Jill
Nov 10, 2010 Jill rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 10+
Shelves: newbery-medal
I have to say, for one of the newer Newbery winners I wasn't particularly impressed. It's funny, Mandy told me she thought it started off slow and became a little more interesting toward the end. I had the opposite experience--after the first few chapters I thought the story had great potential. I had high hopes, but for me the writing started to drag in the middle and fizzled out toward the end. I thought the author could have done more to resolve the relationship between Bud and Herman.

"Most
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Stacy Bowden
Dec 03, 2013 Stacy Bowden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs642
Bud, Not Buddy is a historical-based fiction about a little boy named Bud who is orphaned and trying to find his way during the Great Depression. The story is told through the eyes of Bud who desperately tries to find his father with the help of very few clues and people he meets along the way.

The book is set during the Great Depression. This is important because it sets the scene for the hardships that Bud will endure throughout the story. It is this that makes the book a must have for any cla
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Benjamin Woods
Dec 16, 2013 Benjamin Woods rated it it was amazing
Bud, not buddy by, Christopher Paul Curtis is a adventure/ suspense novel about an African American boy named Bud Caldwell. Bud is from a boys home. He was taken to the home after his mother died. After being sent to the home he was placed as a foster child. He has lived with many foster parents, but because he is light tempered, he usually gets sent back to the home for fighting.

the majority of the book is about Bud's quest to find his father, no matter the risk. Buds final foster home puts h
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Connie  Kuntz
May 05, 2014 Connie Kuntz rated it it was amazing
This takes place during the Great Depression. Bud is a ten-year old boy whose mother died. His father is estranged. When we meet Bud (not Buddy), he is living in one of those dreadful orphanages in Michigan. Not too far into the story, after a harrowing experience in a foster home, he runs away so he can survive. When he is on the lam, he also finds himself to be on a quest to find his father, a Mr. Herman E. Calloway. After a couple of missteps and lucky breaks, Bud ends up with the Dusty Devas ...more
James Govednik
Nov 01, 2009 James Govednik rated it really liked it
I've wanted to read this book for a long time, and I'm glad I finally had the opportunity. Bud Caldwell is a ten-year old boy growing up in Flint, Michigan, during the 1930s, and he faces not only the same obstacles many others are facing during the Depression, but also trying to cope with being in and out of orphanages and foster homes since his mother died. One of the few threads connecting Bud to the rest of the world is a flyer for a jazz band, with a photo of someone Bud is sure just has to ...more
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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 Mic ...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.” 51 likes
“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.” 38 likes
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