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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0385323069
ISBN-13: 9780385323062
Sku: 30484422
Publish Date: 10/1/1999
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  256
Age Range:  12 to 16
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, Herman E. Calloway.
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After his mother's death in 1936, 10-year-old Bud can't squelch a yearning to find out his father's identity. Bud has a hunch from clues his mother left--posters of Herman E. Calloway and his band. The fearless fellow takes off on a journey to find his father and himself. The latest release from Newbery Honor winner Christopher Paul Curtis promises to be a warm adventure.
Still heartbroken over the death of his mother, a 10-year-old boy named Bud decides to run away rather than live in yet another foster home. Bud is convinced that all would be perfect if he could only get in touch with his father--a man he's never met. The only clues Bud has about his father's identity are some old fliers that his mother saved--fliers that mention a jazz musician named Herman E. Calloway. Convinced that he's Calloway's son, Bud goes in search of the legendary musician. Winner of the 2000 Newbery Medal and the 2000 Coretta Scott King Author Award.
Author Bio
Christopher Paul Curtis
Even though Christopher Paul Curtis spent 13 years putting doors on cars at the Flint Fisher Body plant after graduating from high school, he never wasted an opportunity to write. Whenever he was on break, he used the time to write early drafts of his first book, THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM, 1963. Christopher hated his job, so he used writing as a way to escape the boredom. Little did he know that all his writing and perseverance would later give him the opportunity to write for a living. Born in Flint, Michigan, Christopher was the son of very strict parents who inspired and influenced him greatly throughout his life. He spent most of his childhood and teenage years in Flint. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Michigan, and won two awards-the Avery Hopwood Prize for major essays, and the Jules Hopwood Prize for an early draft of THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM, 1963. As he continued to write while working at the factory, his wife encouraged him to take off a year and write a book. She knew he disliked his job and wanted him to do something he truly loved, so he decided to quit his job and began writing everyday in the library. When he was a young boy he loved being in the library; he adored the world it opened up for him, and would spend hours reading and writing. As he wrote, his son typed up the manuscript so he could concentrate on writing. Christopher had always felt that he was a writer inside, but never had the opportunity to do it full-time. Christopher says that he thinks of himself as a man who has played many parts: Christopher Curtis/Maintenance Man; Christopher Curtis/Factory Worker. But he knew that Christopher Curtis/Writer was inside of him, just waiting to come out. He decided to enter an early draft of his first book in the Delacorte First Young Adult Novel Contest so that he could get the book exposed to a publisher. It paid off! In 1996, he received a Newbery Honor Award and the Coretta Scott King Honor Award for the book. When the prizes for that book were announced, Curtis was working in the library on his second book, BUD, NOT BUDDY, which would later receive the 2000 Newbery Award and the Coretta Scott King Author Award! Curtis tells kids who are interested in writing that they should read and write every chance they get. A fun fact: a song that his daughter wrote appears in the book BUD, NOT BUDDY. He also won a 2008 Newbery Honor for ELIJAH OF BUXTON.


Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"While the circumstances surrounding Bud's return to his family may gently chafe against credulity, Curtis' characterizations are so strong they make coincidence acceptable. The resourceful Bud is a hero readers will take immediately to heart, and the people he encounters on his journey have a specificity that raises them above plot devices and makes them individually memorable." - Janice M. Del Negro November 1999

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   08
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0256
Product attributePublisher:   Delacorte Press
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