Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis was published in 1999. Receiving the Newbery Medal for excellene in American children’s literature and the 2000 Coretta Scott King award. This book is about a 10-year-old orphan named Bud who lives in Flint, Michigan in 1936. Bud who lost his mother to an apparent suicide four years prior had been living in orphanages, foster homes, and even sleeping on the street but decides to embark on a journey to find his father who he has never met but he believes is Herman H. Calloway. Using all the belongings left by his mother, Bud finally makes it to Grand Rapids where he finds his grandfather Herman E. Calloway, but will he find his forever home with him and does he ever find his father?
I would recommend this story to everyone 9-years and older. This is a great story about determination and hope. Inspiring readers to do anything you set your mind to, Bud, Not Buddy is a truly remarkable tale of one young boys drive.
Published by: Delacorte Books for Adult Readers