Published by Delacorte Books on September 7th 1999
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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 filled with his own important, secret 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 of 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 and find this mystery man, nothing can stop him--not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.
Bud, Not Buddy is full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters, hitting the high notes of jazz and sounding the deeper tones of the Great Depression. Once again Christopher Paul Curtis, author of the award-winning novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963, takes readers on a heartwarming and unforgettable journey.
Short & Sweet: I listened to this one on audiobook and absolutely loved it. The beginning of each chapter starts with some fantastic jazz music. As a fan of jazz and the era it was created in, I fell in love with this book about a boy searching for his father. Bud is a great character, who seems to fit with the times so well as well as bringing his own personality to the table. I love his rules that he shares throughout the book and how it helps him in the long run. The setting and the mix of music really made this book a special read for me and one I hope students will enjoy as well when they read it.
Final Verdict: A fantastic story, told well via audiobook and recommended in any format for readers. The mix of history and jazz make it a worthwhile read and tells a story that will tug at your heart and soul.