Bud, Not Buddy
by CP Curtis
problem – bud wants to live with his father but he doesn’t know who or where he is struggle- bud must get from flint to grand rapids and confront the man who he believes to be his father. realization – bud finds HEC but soon discovers that he is not his father but his grandfather achievement of peace – bud is accepted as part of the band and part of his grandfather’s life. the author permits bud freedom of actions by having him run away from the foster home and find his way to grand rapids on his own. in the story the amos’ are very mean to bud. This is a necessary part of the plot because it is the catalyst that finally gets bud to go out and look for his father. Children may be uncomfortable with the subject of abuse in the foster care system especially if they have been subject to such abuse. To deal with this issue I would ask students what they think about what happened to bud and how they feel about it. I would make sure that there is professional help for any student who may need additional counseling to work through difficult situations they may be facing similar to Bud’s the main theme of this book is that when one door is closed another is opened. Another underlying theme of this book is the impact of segregation during the depression. There are several comments and/or situations throughout the book that show how segregation made it even harder for blacks in the depression.
Bud, Not Buddy by CP Curtis, is the story of a young orphan boy who sets out to find his father during the depression. The story begins as Bud is sent to yet another foster home, where he is once again abused by his caretakers. This leads him to the ultimate decision to take the journey from Flint to Grand Rapids by foot to finally look for who he believes is his father. He finds help from Lefty Lewis – a stranger he meets one the way. . Once he gets to Grand Rapids Bud tries to convince Herman Calloway that he is Buds Father. Mr....
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