Bud, Not Buddy tells the story of a 10 year old orphan whose mother died four years earlier. The year is 1936. This is during the Great Depression. Bud is taken in by the Amoses who think Bud is a troublemaker. They lock him in the shed, and Bud runs away. Bud goes to the library looking for Miss Hill. She has moved away. Instead Bud sees his friend Bugs who is running away out west. Bud joins him hoping to find his father. Bugs and Bud get separated when Bud is too slow to catch the train. Bud goes to the library to research the walking distance to Grand Rapids where he believes his father is. While walking to Grand Rapids, Bud meets Lefty Lewis who gives him a ride. Bud finally reaches Grand Rapids and finds Herman Calloway, the man he believes is his father. Herman Calloway is an old coot who denies he has a son.
Why Read the Novel?
Bud, Not Buddy is a terrific choice for a class novel study for several reasons: