Bud, Not Buddy

by Christopher Paul Curtis, Book Talk 2 Nick Poplawski

Bud was a ten year-old boy growing up without a mother or father during the Great Depression. Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis is a historical fiction novel. A picture of the front cover shows how Bud always traveled with this brown suitcase.

Bud Caldwell, a young, black boy growing up in Michigan in 1936, was on a quest to find his father. His mother died and he was sent to an orphanage. Bud remembered his mother crying each time she looked at a certain flyer. He was certain if he found Herman E. Calloway, the man on the flyer, that he would find his father.

My favorite scene was at Hooverville, a Shantytown. It was filled with tents on muddy ground for as far as Bud could see. There was so much poverty. Bud heard trains go past all day and dreamed of a better life somewhere else. He learned a few important life lessons here from a new friend named Deza.

I learned about racism during the 1930's in the United States. Bud experienced prejudice. He met Lefty Lewis who also helped him along in his journey. This is one of the best books I have read. I liked learning about our country's history. I read about the Great Depression too. In the end Bud finally found a member of his family, but it was not his father. Can you guess who?