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3.00005781683626 out of 53.00005781683626 out of 53.00005781683626 out of 53.00005781683626 out of 53.00005781683626 out of 5 3.00 (34,592 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Paul Curtis Narrator: James Aver Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book is a gem, of value to all ages, not just the young people to whom it is aimed.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Bud’s journey, punctuated by Dickensian twists in plot and enlivened by a host of memorable personalities, will keep readers engrossed.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Winner of the 2000 Newbery Medal
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2000 Coretta Scott King Award
  • Winner of the 2002 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award : Young Readers' Choice
  • Winner of the 2000 Children’s Book Award for Older Readers
  • A 2000 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • A 2000 School Library Journal Best Book
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 2001 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kati | 2/20/2014

    " This book was really heartwarming. Also, I think it is really great for children to read books that give a real look at time periods in history. Especially kids like mine - who have probably only seen 3 black people in their lives. :) The afterword really made the book for me. I love that he characterized his grandfathers. This is a great book to spur conversation with kids about the Depression and Black history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark Barnes | 2/17/2014

    " In the beginning, I found myself absolutely loving the character Bud -- "not Buddy." He is thoughtful, insightful, experienced (for a 10-yr-old), and his deadpan observations are hilarious. I enjoyed Bud's search for his father and the events that unfold on his journey, but I found myself longing for the story to unravel much more quickly than it did; then when the climax came, it was too predictable, at least for such an acclaimed book. This is nice piece of historical fiction, with an unforgettable character. It's certainly worth a go, but not worthy of the honors its received. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by JoDee Paulsen | 2/12/2014

    " Bud is an amazing character with such a unique style and voice. This book is great to read alone, but wonderful as a read aloud in class. It also opens up a whole new perspective on The Great Depression from the eyes of an orphan child "on the lam", desperate to find the father he never knew. This book also references popular names of the 20's like Pretty Boy Floyed and Al Capone as well as some great Jazz legends of the time. There is so much you can do with this book as a teacher and the kids LOVE Bud's tough guy act as well as his soft heart. Since we finished this book in class, the kids have been fighting to see who gets to read it next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kelli | 2/9/2014

    " This was a cute little book, not really about anything important though. Bud is a very likeable little kid and you are rooting for him the whole time. I wish the book would have gone on a little bit more and shown the Grandpa doing something to accept Bud. Also, I would have liked to find out something about his dad. But overall it's a fun read for kids "

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