Bud, Not Buddy
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Author: Christopher Paul Curtis

Subject: Bud, a 10-year-old runaway searches for his father.

Setting: 1930s Michigan

Description:
Bud, a 10-year-old African-American orphan in 1930s Michigan, is tired of the brutal treatment he endures at foster homes and runs away to find his father. He arrives in Grand Rapids, where a jazz musician, whom he hopes (on scant evidence) may be his father, owns a club. The musician, Calloway, is not happy with his presence, but the members of his band treat him like family.

Lexile Measure: 950
Grade Level: 4
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Historical
Gender of Main Character: Boy

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In the story, Bud is chosen to be a foster child. Unfortunately for him the situation is not good and things do not turn out well. Think about a time you were chosen for something. Write a paragraph about a time you were chosen for something and tell how it turned out.

Many adults look back on childhood as a carefree time of life. In the story, according to Bud, six is a rough age to be. Write a paragraph explaining why Bud thinks six is such a difficult age.


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