Bud, Not Buddy

Bud, Not Buddy

by Christopher Paul Curtis
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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a boy who decides to hit the road to find his father—from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963, a Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree.
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 full of special 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 father was, but she left a clue: flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!
Bud’s got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road to find this mystery man, nothing can stop him—not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.
“The book is a gem, of value to all ages, not just the young people to whom it is aimed.” —The Christian Science Monitor
“Will keep readers engrossed from first page to last.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
“Curtis writes with a razor-sharp intelligence that grabs the reader by the heart and never lets go. . . . This highly recommended title [is] at the top of the list of books to be read again and again.” —Voice of Youth Advocates, Starred

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385729956
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 11/13/2001
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 26,919
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
File size: 470 KB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Christopher Paul Curtis is the author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963, one of the most highly acclaimed first novels for young readers in recent years. It was singled out for many awards, among them a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor, and has been a bestseller in hardcover and paperback.

Christopher Paul Curtis grew up in Flint, Michigan. After high school he began working on the assembly line at the Fisher Body Flint Plant No. 1 while attending the Flint branch of the University of Michigan. Today he is a full-time writer.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Bud, Not Buddy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 771 reviews.
Rangersfan More than 1 year ago
this book is amzing when you look in too the book it feels like you are apart ofthe book but you are really not . i think this book should be recomened for the whole world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the is WONDERFUL!!! My daughter read it and she just loved it!!! Bud he;s an adventurous boy. He's brave. He's strong. He's determined to do anything. He's determined to find his father. Read this book and you'll find out how he goes from adventure to adventure. From foster home to foster home. Feel as if you're Bud as you read the book. And enjoy it.
10-Year-Old_Turtle_Fan More than 1 year ago
I am not kidding when I say this is the best book I have ever read. When I was in 3rd grade I had to do a big author study project, I picked Christopher Paul Curtis because I liked the book, Mr. Chickee's Funny Money. Picking this author was the best decision I have ever made in my life. He is the greatest author ever, not kidding. Now, two years later I still continue to read his books, I am reading The Watsons Go To Birmingham for the 2nd time right now.

If you are a kid between the ages of 8-12, and you have not read this book, do me a favor and read it. Pick it up from your library, or buy it, because I guarantee that you will want to re-read it. One moment you will laugh, the next you will be in tears.

Parents and Grandparents, holiday shopping can sometimes be hard, but here;s a great stocking stuffer for you! I love getting books in my stocking, it's really great. This book is great for that, it gives kids info about orphans and what some people go through, but also the love that gets discovered in this book. In my family, we have a family book club that consists of me, my grandparents and my great grandparents, on my dads side. The book club formed, when I recommended this book. It brought us together, and I hope it will for you too.

Don't be discouraged by all the negative ratings, like BORING, or EASY. These things are true to some people, people who don't open there hearts to the struggles of Bud. This review was written by a 10- year old girl, not a parent who heard about the book from their kid, not from a older kid who thinks their grown up. This was written by a true kid who likes what other kids like and loves books.

If you don't believe me or want to believe those other negative reviews, that's fine but I cannot express how bad that decision is to pass by this book, it is a must read and will bring your family together. A Perfect gift for the holiday season. :) Happy Holidays everyone!
Jory_in_Manchester More than 1 year ago
I am a 6th grader who read Bud, Not Buddy in my reading class. In this book, you learn about the seemingly impossible journey that Bud takes to find his "father". You will see that growing up in the Depression was not easy! Bud had to do things like sleep under trees just to survive. This book was a page-turner from beginning to end. Curtis gives you a little bit of the big "answer" at the end of each chapter, then wraps it all up at the end with such a reveal that you will have to go back a couple of pages and read it again. My favorite part of the book was when Bud found out who the little girl in the picture. I liked that part because you never saw it coming! You can really connect to this book because of the way the ecomomy is now and you know how it feels to want something - but have to live without it. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a couple of hours on their hands because once you start reading it - you can't stop!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome this boys mom passed away and he was had finally got a foster home but his foster mom was believing everything that her real son said he did and made budd sleep in a shed that had wasp but then got revenge on his foster brother by doing the hand in the bowl of water trick. Budd then met up with his friend bug bac from the home. Etc! Just get the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so great and sad at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when i was in fifth grade... and his father might be in the band....... i cant remember but read the book to find out!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best i ever read in my life. This is great book i have read so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the greatest book i ever read. I had to read this book for school and i thought to myself and said this is gonna be harible. When i started to read i really like it. This book is sad, funny, and most of all THE GREATEST BOOK IN THE WORLD. He should make a second one. :))
MLW3301 More than 1 year ago
Bud, Not Buddy is placed under the historical fiction book category because it takes you back in time placing you in the shoes of a young African American boy at the age of ten. By placing you in his shoes the author does a good job of letting the reader feel Bud¿s emotions and what his going through on his journey to find his long lost father. Bud¿s mother passed away when he was on six-years-old. She did not leave very much behind but what she did leave Bud believed that they were ¿clues¿ in finding his father. At the age of ten his was tired of being tossed between abusive orphanages, and he takes matters into his own hand. Bud runs away only in seek to find his father and a loving family. Bud lives by his own rules, becoming a better liar, and has a bit of fun along is journey. He ends up learning to be grateful for the little thing in life. I personally loved the book being put in someone else's shoes, feeling what they felt, following them through their journey, and simply being interested in how they lived. Reading about situations like Bud¿s helped me relate to my life searching for something better; learning that it¿s not always the big picture that is important but the little things that help you get through every day one day at a time. MLW3301
Caleb Griffith More than 1 year ago
Its a great book for kids
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bud not' Buddy is a great book for children to read or listen to. It also gives you something to do in the car.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It has action and very fascinating characters. The only problem was it could get boring. Still, I say you should absoleutly read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book!!!!!! and it deserves the 6 exclamation points.(read the book to know the significance of the 6 exclamation points) :-) The story was very touching/heartwarming and funny at the same time.. especially the "Rules and Things for Having A Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself" which makes you grin from one end of an ear to the other even before you read (listen to it if you are listening to an audio book). and Bud is so well mannered for his age with all his "Sirs and Maams". James Avery was REALLY good as Bud Caldwell.. I highly recommend it.. Please dont miss it..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is literly the best book ever! The author really brings Bud to life! It will make you laugh, and give you some info.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My class and me said it leaves us hanging. PLEASE MAKE ANOTHER BUD NOT BUDDY BOOK!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so far everyone should read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome get to reading because of it sheer awesomeness. I wish there was a sequel or better yet a series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this with my 12 yr old son (who had to read it for school) and we both really liked it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Read it for a book report.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so.much that i think i read it at least 66 times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We're reading it in class and right now, ti's in my top 15 favoret books I'v ever listened or read about!!!!!!