It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and 10-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud's got a few things going for him. One: He has his own suitcase filled with his own important, secret things. Two: He's the author of Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself. Three: His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers of Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression! Bud's got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road and find this mystery man, nothing can stop him - not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself. Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal winner, is full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters, hitting the high notes of jazz and sounding the deeper tones of the Great Depression.More
Newbery Medal Winner, 2000
Audie Award Nominee, Children's Titles for Ages 8+, 2001
"The cast of characters, presented with endless variations in voicing, is authentic and memorable." (AudioFile)
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Nice Surprise Ending
My 10 year old and I listened to this book as we drove from Georgia to New York, and it was a great listen. We both enjoyed it very much. The authors tone was humorous, and the ending was quite a surprise.