Bud, Not Buddy

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 5 - 10U5.052179
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0307259943
ISBN-13: 9780307259943
95 Book Reviews
  • darklight_rp
    darklight_rp2 months55 stars
    It's awesome!!! at fist I din't want to read it but when i started to i ended up loving it!! Great book!
    • dream_beyond
      dream_beyond2 months55 stars
      Bud is his name, not buddy, just Bud. Bud also means 'a flower that isn't fully grown yet'. Bud has everything he needs in his suitcase, not just any suitcase, his suitcase for his special things! Well, except for one thing, his dad, which he thinks is Herman E. Calloway. So, his mission is to find him! Well, let's just say Herman E. Calloway wasn't what he expected. He was old and rude. He couldn't possibly be his father, could he? Well.... when the truth started to unravel, there was a lot of sadness and sorrow. Happy reading!
      • bsc
        bsc10 months55 stars
        I loved this book! Bud, not Buddy lives in Flint, Michigan during the great depression. His mother died four years ago and he has bounced from foster homes to more foster homes. But Bud decides to find his dad. He has a special suitcase where he keeps all of his important things from his Momma. Bud knows that Herman E. Calloway must be his father- and will find him no matter what. Along his way, he meets a nice band, finds food at the mission, gets some revenge, and meets some people that help him. I had to read this book for a school assignment and I loved it. Happy reading!
        • blackking
          blackking10 months55 stars
          This is a fun story about a boy named Bud doing a mission to find his father. This is the perfect book for everyone in 3rd or more.
          • gold3nglare
            gold3nglare11 months33 stars
            I had to read this as an assignment for school, but it was actually pretty good!
            • blossomreader
              blossomreaderover 1 year22 stars
              I found this book okay. It was sad, and it relied to much on the past. So in this book, Bud wants to find his father, but his mom is dead, which means he;ll have to do it on his own. His only clue is a band flyer that says "The Great Depression". Nonetheless, Bud goes on his journey through adoptive families, pranks, and other places. He meets different people along the way, and his father is not who he thinks he is, or is he?
              • brawlstarschamp
                brawlstarschampover 1 year55 stars
                This book really changed how I think about things. I had read one of the authors other books, "Elijah of Buxton" when my book club decided to read it. So then we decided to read "Bud, Not Buddy."
                • royalqueen16th
                  royalqueen16thover 1 year55 stars
                  This is a very funny book. I liked the part when.... Oh wait, I won't spoil it for you. Just read it and find out my favorite part!
                  • bud not buddyover 1 year
                    it is a amazing book
                    • Lisaanneabout 2 years
                      It's been almost 5 years since I've read Bud, Not Buddy and its impact is still with me.