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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
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May 14, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: children-s-materials

Flint, Michigan would be a tough place for anyone during the Depression, but for motherless, 10-year-old Bud Caldwell, who is living in an abusive foster home, it’s just about intolerable. So, the hero of Christopher Paul Curtis' novel arms himself with his Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself, as well as with a suitcase containing a few mementos of his mother’s, and sets off for Grand Rapids. It is there Bud believes he’ll find the man he thinks may be his father: big band leader, Herman E. Calloway. Along the way, Bud meets helpful people in a shanty-town, a traveling medical salesman he thinks is a vampire, and finally, the colorful band members of Herman Calloway’s band. But when Bud finally meets gruff, crabby Mr. Calloway, he is much too old to be his father. So what, exactly, is Bud supposed to do now? Curtis spins out the rest of Bud’s tale with warmth, humor and emotion. Booklist observes that “… the rich blend of tall tale, slapstick, sorrow, and sweetness has the wry, teasing warmth of family folklore.” Bud, Not Buddy won a number of awards, including the Coretta Scott King award for an African American author’s outstanding inspirational contribution to children’s literature.

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