Ten-year-old Bud Caldwell is on the road and setting forth on his own plan for a change. He has summoned his courage and is going to find the man who might be his father, Herman E. Calloway, a bass-player of renown. If you haven't read anything by Christopher Paul Curtis, prepare to be drawn in vividly to the world of his characters. The voice he creates is true and compelling as is the tale of our friend Bud, who is about to encounter some odd characters and do some real living with us at his side. Humor is thrown into the mix, as always, from Mr. Curtis. This book is the 2000 Newbery Medal winner.
288 pages 978-0385323062 Ages 9 and up
Keywords: African American, African American author, diversity, diverse books, Diversity: Self Image, Black Lives Matter, courage, father/son, belonging, humor, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old
Book Pairing: Pair this book with Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
The Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a boy who decides to hit the road to find his father—from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963, a Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree.
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 full of special 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 advertising 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 to find this mystery man, nothing can stop him—not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.--from the publisher
288 pages 978-0385323062 Ages 10 and up
AN ALA BEST BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTS AN ALA NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOK AN IRA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD WINNER NAMED TO 14 STATE AWARD LISTS