Luther T. Farrell has got to get out of Flint, Michigan.
As his best friend Sparky says, “Flint’s nothing but the
And his mother, a.k.a. the Sarge, says, “Take my advice and
stay off the sucker path.”
The Sarge milked the system to build an empire of slum
housing and group homes. Luther’s just one of the many people trapped in the
Sarge’s Evil Empire—but he’s about to bust out.
If Luther wins the science fair this year, he’ll be on track
for college and a future as America’s best-known and best-loved philosopher.
All he’s got to do is beat his arch rival Shayla Patrick, the beautiful
daughter of Flint’s finest undertaker—and the love of Luther’s life.
Sparky’s escape plans involve a pit bull named Poofy and the
world’s scariest rat. Oh, and Luther. Add to the mix Chester X., Luther’s
mysterious roommate; Dontay Gaddy, a lawyer whose phone number is 1-800-SUE’M
ALL; and Darnell Dixon, the Sarge’s go-to guy who knows how to break all the
Bucking the Sarge
is a story that only Christopher Paul Curtis could tell. Once again the Newbery
Award–winning author of Bud, Not Buddy
and The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
gives us a whole new angle on life and a world full of unforgettable and
hilarious characters. Readers will root for Luther and Sparky every step of the
way. Download and start listening now!