Bud, Not Buddy

Bud, Not Buddy

Paperback - 2002
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Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scholastic, 2002, c1999.
Edition: First Scholastic pbk. edition
ISBN: 9780439402002
043940200X
9780439221887
0439221889
Characteristics: viii, 245 pages ;,20 cm.

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MsCourtney Jul 07, 2017

Bud is not a book I would normally read. It came highly recommended by KHCPL_Mikayla and for good reason. Bud is a funny, heart-warming character who hasn't let life get him down. He has this optimistic yet realistic outlook on life and pulls you into his drama with a smile on your face. I am putting this aside to re-read with my oldest in a couple of years. Bud will be a great read for boys, especially.

TSCPL_NatalieM Sep 09, 2016

This middle grades novel, winner of both the Coretta Scott King Award and the John Newbery Medal, follows the journey of ten-year-old Bud, who runs away from his foster home in search of his father. Bud lost his mother when he was 6, but he never lost the upbringing she gave him. Bud is notable for his tenacity, his introspectiveness, and his impeccable manners. Several of the characters in the novel are loosely based on Curtis’s ancestors, and he manages to realistically capture the heartbreaking challenges people experienced during the Great Depression without making the story depressing or sad.

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jfletch
Apr 27, 2016

The book was given a Newberry medal for a reason. It was also very accurate for the time period. Bud, Not Buddy is a very depressing book at first. There is some abuse and, him being an orphan, it has a sad backstory. But Bud's fun and sometimes hilarious commentary adds life to the depressing (literally, this is set in the depression) setup. Bud's adventure is exciting and often dangerous. But Bud always finds his way out of problems, and manages to survive on his own. A very good read. Without any spoilers, the ending is honestly kind of confusing and sad, and I want to see where the author takes it from here. But otherwise, the book was good and I recommend it.

JCLBeckyC Mar 03, 2016

I liked this book even better than Curtis' other Newbery Medal winner, The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963. Bud is a feisty ten-year-old orphan growing up in Flint, Michigan during the Great Depression. While escaping an abusive foster home, Bud encounters kindness in unusual places. Highly recommended for kids who are interested in history and social justice issues.

PimaLib_AnnieW Nov 04, 2015

My students say it is really good because they like the adventures Bud goes through. It keeps them interested to find out what happens next.  -- From Flor at Eckstrom-Columbus

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sky19
Aug 15, 2015

This book was one of the best books I've ever read. I really enjoyed this book and it has a great theme. This book also has amazing characters and settings. I really enjoyed this book, and I hope you do too.

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marthabwaters
Apr 01, 2015

Winner of the 2000 Newbery medal, this is the story of an African-American boy (named Bud, surprise surprise) in 1930s Michigan. Not a lot of action to hold kids' interest but a good, vivid depiction of a different era and its attendant racial issues, with some lovely characters.

lakevilla_IDOL Jul 09, 2014

This is a really good book because it shows really good emotion and courage. It shows courage because a kid named Buddy is so determined to find his father he won't let anything stop him. But it turns out his dad is someone who he thinks it is.

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starvark
Aug 16, 2012

Darned interesting, and it made a good read-aloud, as well. Bud is quite a determined little cuss, and the times and places he lived in are enlightening to read about.

ianth Aug 14, 2012

is this book good ?? because i have to read it and i just wanted to ask somebody is this book good

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lms May 07, 2008

"when 10-year-old Bud Caldwell runs away from his new home, he realizes he has nowhere to go but to search for the father he has never known: a legendary musician advertised on some old posters his deceased mother had kept. A friendly stranger picks him up on the road in the middle of the night and deposits him in Grand Rapids, MI, with Herman E. Calloway and his jazz band, but the man Bud was convinced was his father turns out to be old, cold, and cantankery. Luckily, the band members are more welcoming; they take him in, put him to work, and begin to teach him to play an instrument. In a Victorian ending, Bud uses the rocks he has treasured from his childhood to prove his surprising relationship with Mr. Calloway. The lively humor contrasts with the grim details of the Depression-era setting and the particular difficulties faced by African Americans at the time." (Novelist Review)

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