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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Book Summary

After his mother's death, 10-year-old Bud lives in a "home" for children until he goes to a foster family.  The other child is mean, and Bud is forced to spend a night in the family's shed.  He decides to go look for his father, a man he has never met.  All he has is a suitcase with a few clues about who his father might be, in addition to some pretty good manners and a lot of determination.

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Bud, Not Buddy

Book Review

This book skillfully includes details about life in the 1930's (Michigan) into the story.  Bud is a character readers will root for.  Bud is a character readers will root for.  While Bud's journey involves many stops and different people, the action is not under-the-covers-with-a-flashlight compelling; it's better suited to read and discuss in small groups to appreciate the nuances.

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If an adult tells you not to worry, and you weren't worried before, you better hurry up and start 'cause you're already running late.  p. 42

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Musicians
  • Running Away from Home
  • 1930s Michigan
  • Finding a Parent
  • Growing Up

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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