Bud, Not Buddy

by Christopher Paul Curtis

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Book Information

Publication Date: 1999

Reading Level: Lexile Measure 950L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level U

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 8

Major Awards: 2000 Newbery Medal, 2000 Coretta Scott King Award for Authors

Number of Pages: 245 pages

Approximate Word Count: 45,530 words

Audible Book Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins

Book Themes: Family and Home, Hope, Perseverance, Proverty, Effects of Racism, Lies and Deceit, Compassion and Forgiveness

Genre: historical fiction novel for young adults

Setting: Flint and Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1936

Important Quote: ...that was Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things to Have a Funner LIfe and Make a Better Liar Out of Yourself Number 83...If a Adult Tells You Not to Worry, and You Weren't Worried Before, You Better Hurry Up and Start 'Cause You're Already Running Late.

First Line: HERE WE GO AGAIN. We were all standing in line waiting for breakfast when one of the caseworkers came in and tap-tap-tapped down the line. Uh-oh, this meant bad news, either they'd found a foster home for somebody or somebody was about to get paddled. All the kids watched the woman as she moved along the line, her high-heeled shoes sounding like little fire- crackers going off on the wooden floor.

Point of View: First Person (Central) Narrator: Bud

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