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Bud, Not Buddy

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Bud, Not Buddy
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 : Delacorte Press, 1999
ISBN: 1448774799 (Paw Prints)
9781448774791 (Paw Prints)
Branch Call Number: J CURTIS
Characteristics: viii, 245 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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This is the book for the November 18th meeting of the Burien Children's Book Club.

Lexile: 950. 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 Hav... Read More »

Bud, a boy living in Flint, Michigan during the Great Depression, leaves a bad foster home to try to find the man he believes to be his father. Ages 9-12

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Aug 09, 2014
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Dec 17, 2012
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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.

Dec 17, 2012
  • emsavelli rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My 9 year old daughter really enjoyed it. It was a great pick for her historical fiction book report.

We ended up purchasing a copy for the school library.

Aug 16, 2012
  • starvark rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 14, 2012

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

Jul 07, 2012

This book kind of just flowed.My mother liked it,I liked it,and

i'm sure my little sister would have liked it.


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May 26, 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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