Bud, Not Buddy
|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, Not Buddy is the story of ten-year old Bud Caldwell, an orphan living in Flint, Michigan. It takes place in 1936 during the Great Depression. Since the death of his mother four years ago, Bud has been living in an orphanage and had short stints in several foster homes. The few items Bud has left of his mother include: a bag of rocks, a photograph of his mother as a child, and fliers that show Herman E. Calloway and his jazz band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression.
The story opens with Bud being placed with a new foster family, the Amoses. Bud soon meets Todd Amos, their 12-year-old son, who teases him unmercifully 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 wet his bed. He escapes and sleeps under a Christmas tree for the night. His friend Bugs wakes him up so they can go to the West to find work. With his friend Bugs, Bud sets off and finds Hooverville. Their stay does not last beyond the next morning as Hooverville is torched. Bugs hops on the train, leaving Bud behind him in the distance.
Bud, Not Buddy was adapted for the stage by Reginald Andre Jackson for Black History Month, in Fremont, California. The production premiered in 2006 at the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center. It has been produced several times, including at the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Main Street Theatre in Houston and the University of Michigan-Flint. Jackson's adaptation was published by Dramatic Publishing in 2009. It won the Distinguished Play Award from The American Alliance for Theatre and Education in 2010.
|Newbery Medal recipient
A Year Down Yonder
|Winner of the
William Allen White Children's Book Award
- 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