1. Bibliography: Curtis, Christopher P (1999). Bud, Not Buddy.
2. Genre and Awards:
Young Adult/ Historical Fiction
Newberry Award 2000
Coretta Scott King Award 2000
Bud, not Buddy,
Bud, not Buddy,
Bud Caldwell is in an orphanage at the beginning, but he is quickly sent to a “home” for the summer. His experience is not a very good one, and he sets out to travel from
6. Needs of adolescents:
Bud, Not Buddy has many historical references, including a reference to Hoovervilles and blues music. Bud also deals with abuse and the need to fit in. While it does not directly deal with segregation, the book has many insights into what the world was like during segregation, and would be a great jumping off point for classroom discussion about race.
This book would be great as a read-aloud, small group assignment, class novel or individual suggestion. It ties nicely with Maniac Magee, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry or other adolescent novels dealing with this time in history, isolation, poverty, etc.
Bud, Not Buddy would be great for middle or junior high students.
9. Personal Reactions:
My son and his friends did not want to read this book. However, when I finally convinced them to start it, they loved it. I was impressed with the flawless incorporation of history and fiction that Christopher Paul Curtis seems to accomplish effortlessly. Although it seemed a little too neat in the end, middle school kids and junior high kids who are dealing with emerging ideas about race and class will connect with and be moved by Bud, Not Buddy.