Bulldog Library

Bud, Not Buddy

on March 16, 2013

JF Curtis    •    AR Reading Level: 5.0    •    AR Points: 8.0    •    Quiz #29554


Orphaned at six years old when his mother died, Bud Caldwell is now ten.  He has escaped from the cruel foster family he was sent to and is now all alone in the world, on the lamb.  Everything he owns is in his tattered old suitcase tied with twine.  These are his treasures.  They include: a flier for a jazz band, a few rocks with weird writing on them, and the one and only picture of his mother.  These are the only things he has left to remember his mother.

With nowhere left to go, and being on the run from the law, Bud decides the only thing to do is to go on a journey to find his father.

Bud, not Buddy is an awarding winning book set in the Great Depression.  It introduces readers to this period in American history as seen through the eyes of a young African American boy.  Readers will journey with Bud to a soup kitchen and Hooverville.  They will learn about the hardships that people suffered through this difficult time.

While the themes presented in this book, such as poverty and death, are weighty topics, they are presented in this book with a great deal of humor and heart.  Perhaps the funniest parts of the book are  “Bud Caldwell’s rules and things for having a funner life and making a better liar of yourself”.  These “rules and things” are referred to throughout the book and explain Buds philosophies on life.  This is a good book and recommended for readers who enjoy historical fiction.

Genre: Historical Fiction  •  Interest Level: grades 4-8

2000 Newbery Medal Winner & Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner

Curtis, C. (1999). Bud, not Buddy. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.


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