Winner of the Newbery Award

Coretta Scott King Award

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.


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Awards for BUD, not BUDDY

Winner 1999 -  ALA Best Books for Young Adults

Winner 1999 - Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year

Winner 1999 - School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

Winner 2000 - ALA Best Books for Young Adults

Winner 2000 - ALA Coretta Scott King Award

Winner 2000 - ALA Notable Children's Books

Winner 2000 - IRA Children's Book Award for Older Readers

Praise for BUD, not BUDDY

⭐ “Curtis draws on a remarkable and disarming mix of comedy and pathos…Bud’s journey, punctuated by Dickensian twists in plot and enlivened by a host of memorable personalities, will keep readers engrossed.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred

⭐ “Curtis has given a fresh, new look to a traditional orphan-finds-a-home story that would be a crackerjack read-aloud.”—School Library Journal, Starred

⭐ “Curtis writes with a razor-sharp intelligence that grabs the reader by the heard and never lets go…. Highly recommended.”—Voice of Youth Advocates, Starred

“The rich blend of tall tale, slapstick, sorrow, and sweetness has the wry, teasing warmth of family folklore.”—Booklist


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