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Bud, Not Buddy

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  56,730 ratings  ·  2,871 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
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Hardcover, 243 pages
Published September 7th 1999 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1999)
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Teresa
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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Mrs. Posmer
I will never look at a 'ticonderoga' pencil the same again!
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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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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Ash R.
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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Amanda
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
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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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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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David Sof 2014
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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Jacquelyn
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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Lstirl
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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(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
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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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Kristen
Nov 06, 2009 Kristen rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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Karen
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.
Aubree Leishman
I really liked reading this book!! It was written by Christopher Paul Curtis, who captures the excitement of a boy in search of a long lost relative. You will find wit and charm only a young boy can bring.
Bud is a smart, talented young kid who will not be called Buddy. His mother died and left him to discover the world alone. The only clue he's left with of his father is some old flyers, which he soon pursues. He takes a journey and ends up in a band, that knows where to get really good food. Do
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Lauren Staples
The first time I read this book, I was in 4th grade. I loved it, and that's coming from someone who hates to read. In 4th grade I didn't have the same comprehension level as I have now. I read it again in 6th grade. I still liked it very much. I understood more of the morals and themes then, too. I read it for a third time in 7th grade, and it is still one of the best books I've read. I read it over and over because it had something that no other book I'd read before had. It was interesting.

Ever
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Connie  Kuntz
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
Charmie McKinney
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Rules and Things Number 328..."When you make up your mind to do something, hurry up and do it, if you wait you might talk yourself out of what you wanted in the first place." These are the many rules and number things Bud would tell himself in a particular situation. This story takes place in 1936 in the small town of Flint, Michigan during the time of the Great Depression. It's about a young boy who became an orphan after his mother died. His mother neve
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Jessica Avei
I really enjoyed this book! in the beginning buddy is a lonely foster kid living in the time of the depression. it was already hard for others but to take in foster kids just doubled the amount of things. well bud finally is sick of it all after being placed in a rude and cruel home, and sets out to find his father. along the way he picks up bugs and they set out to find his father. they meet all sorts of people as they set out. but even though they are going through a rough patch they still off ...more
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.
Abby Greb
Along with The Watsons Go To Birmingham, I love how Christopher Paul Curtis writes the setting of his stories in the past. I think his books are great for young readers to learn about how life might have been in a different era while enjoying a funny, yet serious story. I also really enjoy how Curtis uses Flint, Michigan for the home of his characters, it shows that his stories can be connected and I think it ties an importance of home into his books.
Bud, Not Buddy is another great enjoyable res
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Alicia
Bud Not Buddy written by Christopher Paul Curtis is funny, witty, heartbreaking, frustrating, and just about every emotion you can think of bottled up into one book. Bud is a ten-year-old little boy whose mom passed away when he was six and has been in the orphanage ever since. He gets moved around from home to home during the time of the Great Depression and can’t quite seem to find a good fit. He carries a suitcase filled with different keepsakes that his mom left him and he refuses to leave t ...more
Laila
Dec 11, 2014 Laila rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely everyone, with no reservations
I listened to the audiobook version of this and it was PHENOMENAL. The late James Avery (arguably most famous for portraying the dad on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) was one of the best readers I've ever heard. I'd never read the book before and had no idea it was so hilarious - seriously laugh-out-loud funny - as well as incredibly touching. If you need a good read for a car trip with school-age kids, this can't be beat. If you need a good read and you don't have kids, check it out too! So heart ...more
Charity
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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Krysten
Summary: A young boy named Bud, not Buddy, is an orphan trying to better his circumstances. He goes to a foster home where he is attacked by the family's son, then put in a shed where he gets stung by hornets and bit by a dead fish head. He runs away, with his trusty suitcase--filled with important valuables and clues to who his father is--in hand. Along the way he meets Deza Malone, who kisses him, and then Lefty Lewis, a kindly and teasing older man who helps Bud to get to Grand Rapids, Michig ...more
James Govednik
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
Ana
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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Stephanie Sykes
I enjoyed “Bud, Not Buddy” by Christopher Paul Curtis, because I love learning about history. This book talked about a boy named Bud, who was an orphan since he was six years old. Bud decided to run away after being abused in the foster home he was at. He was trying to find his father.

“Bud, Not Buddy” was told in first person. Some of the main characters were: Bud, Mr. Herman E. Calloway, Todd Amos and his parents, and Lefty Lewis. Bud was a ten year old African American orphan. Mr. Herman E. C
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Anna
This book was one of those books where the whole sweetness of the book stays in you for days, and I will never forget how sad I was when I had to finish this book and return it to the library. How I longed to enjoy this book more bu reading it more carefully, and more meaningfully.
This book was very interesting to me because it made me think of some of the times, when I think life is difficult, and just wan't to give up but you can't because you just worked so hard on it and you just can't le
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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.” 42 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.” 33 likes
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