Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. 245 p. Delacorte Press/ Random House Children's Books, January, 1999. 0385323069.
Bud, Not Buddy is Christopher Paul Curtis' second book. You may recall that his first, The Watson's Go to Birmingham, 1963, won a Newbery Honor. Bud, Not Buddy was published in 1999 and won both the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award in January, 2000. Not bad for a new author! Bud, Not Buddy is the first-person story of ten-year-old orphan, Buddy Caldwell. It is 1936, the height of the Great Depression and Buddy has had it with foster homes. He hits the road with his suitcase containing the few items his mother left him, hoping they are clues to who his father is. At turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Bud, Not Buddy is a satisfying read.
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