Bud, Not Buddy

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By: Christopher Paul Curtis

Search for family and a sense of belonging, with courageous Bud Caldwell, a ten-year-old, African-American boy of the Depression Era. His journey is filled with highs and lows and his optimism carries him to an unintended, but welcome outcome.

Bud becomes an orphan at the age of six and endures tough times in the orphanage and difficult stays in foster homes. Bud runs away and hits the road on an adventurous journey. He sets his sights on finding the mystery man depicted on a flyer that once belonged to his mother; Bud suspects that this man is his father.

On his journey, Bud carries an old suitcase filled with his hodgepodge of treasured belongings. As a means to survive, he constructs a list of “Rules and Things For Having a Funner Life and Make a Better Liar Out of Yourself.” Along the way, Bud has lots of adventures and close calls, but with the help of kind strangers, he is supported and able to continue on his journey.

Eventually, he finds an unlikely family in a music band that has connections to his beloved mother.