Bud, Not Buddy

by Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud, Not Buddy

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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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"on the lam"
"the real McCoy"
Delta
Dutch
J. Edgar Hoover
Warsaw
accordion
alias
alias
assurance
asthma
asthma
atlas
biology
boisterous
brute
carburetor
commence
companionship
compromise
conscience
considerate
contaminated
craws
crick
critters
cur
denied
depression
devastators
devoured
engagement

festering
flimsy
flyers
gait
genuine
gigs
glimpse
glum
gory
hardheaded
hoodlum
hypnotizing
impressed
ingratitude
interrupt
knickers
lavatory
loathe
loathsome
luxurious
matey
matrimonial
matrimony
meddle
meddling
nimble
nominate
nonetheless
offended
ornery
orphanages
paltry
pawnshop

plagues
porter
practical
premium
privilege
prodigy
provoke
provoked
radiating
recorder
resourceful
retrieve
revenge
ringworm
salvation
scamp
shantytown
shunned
sidesaddle
slacking
slew
slogging
stiffed
sully
swarthy
sympathy
terminally
therefore
thug
tolerate
urchins
vermin
virtual
wringer

 

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