Synopses & Reviews
The Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a boy who decides to hit the road to find his father — from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963
, a Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree.
It’s 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him:
- He has his own suitcase full of special things.
- He's the author of Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.
- His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers advertising 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 to find this mystery man, nothing can stop him — not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.
Best Book of the Year:
The New York Times
School Library Journal
“Curtis writes with a razor-sharp intelligence that grabs the reader by the heart and never lets go....This highly recommended title [is] at the top of the list of books to be read again and again.” Voice of Youth Advocates (Starred Review)
“[A] powerfully felt novel.” The New York Times
"Curtis has given a fresh, new look to a traditional orphan-finds-a-home story that would be a crackerjack read-aloud." School Library Journal, Starred Review
"Bud's journey, punctuated by Dickensian twists in plot and enlivened by a host of memorable personalities, will keep readers engrossed from first page to last." Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
About the Author
Christopher Paul Curtis is the author of the Newbery Honor-winning The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963.