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Bud Not Buddy

Bud, Not BuddyChristopher Paul Curtis

Todd Amos:Todd is a bully. He always gets his way and never gets caught in his lies. For example, Todd faked that Bud beat him up so Bud would have a concequence and he did. Bud was locked up in a dark shed and was told there to be a big blood stain for the last orphan from Todd and was scared. He sliced his hand on a fish's head, and he also believed there to be a bat in the corner. Since it was dark and Bud couldnt see anything he swung at the bat which ended up to be a hornets nest. He was stung horribly and finally broke through the glass window. Though he was mad at the hornet's and the fish head, he was the most mad at Todd. Todd is very mean and rude to Bud and is not liked by many orphans because of this.

Bud:Bud is a very sensitive 10 year old boy and he goes through a lot in his life but always finds ways to overcome them. He finds ways to overcome these challenges by listening to his mothers helpful tips and always remembering them. Bud is brave and has a lot of courage because of this.

The main character in this book is Bud Cadwell. This story takes place during the Great Depression in 1936 in Flint, Michigan. The beginning of the book is basically about Bud an orphanage because his mom had recently passed when he was 6 years old and his dad abandoned him when he was a baby. The only thing Bud had was a suitcase that had his possesions which included a flyer that he knew his dad had something to do with, a few rocks with numbers from his mom, picture of his mom, and a blanket. One day he was at the orphanage and a woman came up and said that someone had wanted him for adoption. Bud wasn't nervous because he has been to many foster homes before and so he packs his bags and leaves. Once he gets there the older brother starts to show his cruelness and does a lot of mean things to Bud. Bud gets locked in a shed andstung very badly by a hornets nest at this point of time too. Once he gets out and runs away, he resumes his journey to find his dad. While he is walking on the sides of the road, a car pulls up and happens to be a very nice man named Mr. Lewis who helps Bud get to his dad. Once Bud finally reaches his destanation, he is suprised by how ignorant his "father" looks and starts to feel a little uncomfortable. If it werent for the band members then Buds "dad" would have probably thrown him out on the streets. Anway, he is taken in by them and becomes a member of the band. He got his own saxaphone and everything. Want to see wha happens? Read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Most of the story takes place in Flint, Michigan where the orphanag is. Then when he escapes from the Foster home, Bud travels to Flint Hooverville which is near where he lives bu where most of the poor lived. He then went on the road to Grand Rapids where his father lived and lived there for a while too. Want to hear more? Read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.

Christopher Paul CurtisChristopher was actually born in Flint, Michigan. His grandfathers names were Earl "Lefty" Lewis who was a negro baseball pitcher and Herman E. Curtis who was a bandlader for the Dusky Devastators of the Depression. Christopher has 3 children named Steven, Cydney, and Ayaan and now lives in Detroit, MI. His hobbies are playing basketball, collecting old record albums and of course writing and his favorite book is Anything By Toni Morrison. Christopher even took a year off of work to write his award winnign book " The Watsons Go To Birmingham." Christopher is a great writer and i llove his book Bud, Not Buddy.

Character Traits of Bud Cadwell-couragous-shy-brave-outgoing-funnyinspirational

Memorable Quotes:“Six is a bad time too 'cause that's when some real scary things start to happen to your body, it's around then that your teeth start to coming a-loose in your mouth.“No sir, I don't know why, but my eyes don't cry no more.”


I would rate this book a 10/10 because it was very inspirational and i feel like Christopher described it so well that i feel like it actually happened. I also like this book because it was cliffhanging at some points and I was always very eager to see what happens.

Additional InfoThis book was published in 1999 and recieved the 2000 Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature.