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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
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Title: Bud, not Buddy
Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
Year: 2004
ISBN: 9780385323062)
Type: Book
Genre: Historical Fiction
Age:9 to 13
Length/Pages: 256
Publisher/studio: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Annotation/Teaser: Bud a ten years old boy, without parents and a home he is searching for home
Plot:
Bud Caldwell is 10 years old boy living in Flint, Michigan during the Great Depression. When his mother dies, now, an orphan, he is placed into different foster homes and all he owns is a bag of stones, an old photograph of his mother and him when he was young and some concert posters for Herman C. Callaway and band that he can call his own. Bud being placed with a foster family that is cruel and abusive and after being tormented and locked up in a shed overnight with an angry swarm of hornets, he runs away determined to find Herman C. Callaway who Bud believes is his father. Bud's determination will ultimately lead him to meet his "father" Herman Callaway
Review:
This is a great story about a young African American boy who loses his mother and does not let the circumstances of being abuse by foster families and the time of the Great Depression get in the way of his determination to find where he belongs with his father. This novel has a balance of heartbreaking, abuse, hunger, meanness, and racism with love, family, and humor. I think tweens will love this story because of the powerful survival of foster care and the determination to not give up and find his dad.
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