Bud, Not Buddy
Front Cover of Bud, Not Buddy.
|Author||Christopher Paul Curtis|
|Genre||Teen Novel, Multicultural Literature, Historical Fiction|
|Publisher||Delacorte Books for Adult Readers|
|September 2, 1999|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|LC Class||PZ7.C94137 Bu 1999|
Bud, Not Buddy is a children's novel written by Christopher Paul Curtis, published in 1999. The book received the 2000 Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature. Christopher Paul Curtis was also recognized with the 2000 Coretta Scott King Award, an award given to outstanding African-American authors.
Bud and his jazz band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression.
The story opens with Bud being placed with a new foster family at a home, the Amoses. Bud soon meets Todd Amos, their 12-year-old son, who teases him mercilessly and calls him Buddy. After a fight with Todd, Bud is forced to spend the night in the garden shed. In the shed, Bud mistakes a hornets’ nest for a vampire bat and hits the nest with a rake. This upsets the hornets and Bud gets stung.
After escaping the shed, Bud takes revenge on Todd by making him look like he wet his bed (he did this by pouring water on Todd). He escapes and sleeps under a Christmas tree for the night. His friend Bugs wakes him up so they can go to the West.
Bud runs away with Bugs. They try to hop on a train, but Bud doesn't make it but Bugs does. Bud starts walking to go to Grand Rapids. On the way he meets Lefty Lewis who gives him a ride in his car to Grand Rapids to find his dad, as he calls him, Herman E. Calloway.
Bud later discovers that Herman E. Calloway is his grandfather when he meets Herman's band. At first, the band treats Bud with kindness, but Herman treats Bud with great animosity. Bud delivers the news that Bud's mom, Angela, is dead. This brings great grief to Herman.
The story ends with Bud receiving a horn from the band, and Bud thinks he will have a bright future. It also ends with Bud finding out that the dead girl's room that he sleeps in is his mother's room.
- Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present, American Library Association, retrieved 2012-11-14
- Coretta Scott King Book Award Complete List of Recipients—by Year, American Library Association, retrieved 2012-11-14