Bud, Not Buddy

Christopher Paul Curtis (Author)
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Product Type: Paperback Books
Age Groups: Ages 7 to 9, Ages 10 to 12

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.

"It's funny how ideas are, in a lot of ways they're just like seeds. Both of them start real, real small and then … woop, zoop, sloop … before you can say Jack Robinson, they've gone and grown a lot bigger than you ever thought they could." So figures scrappy 10-year-old philosopher Bud—"not Buddy"—Caldwell, an orphan on the run from abusive foster homes and Hoovervilles in 1930s Michigan. And the idea that's planted itself in his head is that Herman E. Calloway, standup-bass player for the Dusky Devastators of the Depression, is his father.

Guided only by a flier for one of Calloway's shows—a small, blue poster that had mysteriously upset his mother shortly before she died—Bud sets off to track down his supposed dad, a man he's never laid eyes on. And, being 10, Bud-not-Buddy gets into all sorts of trouble along the way, barely escaping a monster-infested woodshed, stealing a vampire's car, and even getting tricked into "busting slob with a real live girl."

Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, once again exhibits his skill for capturing the language and feel of an era and creates an authentic, touching, often hilarious voice in little Bud.

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SKU M4201
ISBN 9780440413288
Language English
Lexile ® Measure 950L
Guided Reading Level U
Page Count 288
Product Type Paperback Books
Book Type Middle Grade Novels
Primary Contributor Christopher Paul Curtis
Age Groups Ages 7 to 9, Ages 10 to 12
Publisher Penguin Random House