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Friday, June 3, 2011

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Goodreads Summary:
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.


 Bud is living in the 1930's in Flint, Michigan.  It turns out that in Michigan not everyone was accepting of African-American individuals.  Bud is an African-American boy whose mother has died and he hasn't met his father.  He is living in a Home until he is placed with a family that treats him horribly.  The young boy who is his "brother" beats him, and the parents force him to sleep in a shed until morning when they can bring him back to the home.  During this time Bud is stung by a bunch of hornets while making his escape out of this area.  Bud is trying to find his father based upon clues his mother left him.  He is able to make it to Grand Rapids and find H.E. Calloway, who is not thrilled to see this boy.  The book discusses Bud's troubles during this time and the difficulties that all families faced during the Great Depression.  It also speaks of the troubles in cities where men were trying to find work to support their families.  This is a great story of a boy who is trying to discover who he is while just trying to survive day-to-day.  

Fortunately, this book has an overall happy ending in which Bud is able to discover where he belongs and more about where he came from.  A good description of the difficulties of living during this time while combining history with a story that keeps you interested.   This isn't the type of book I would normally read, but it was still pretty good.  Not my particular "cup of tea", yet still interesting to learn a little more about the Great Depression while hearing the tales of a young boy finding his way.

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