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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.
Paperback, 246 pages
Published on February 6, 2003 by Corgi Childrens
ISBN-10: 0552548529
ISBN-13: 9780552548526
82 Book Reviews
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  • lmhewlett
    lmhewlettThursday, February 14, 2019 at 10:52 am55 stars
    This book is about Bud...he’s a very smart 10 year old and has a big imagination. He’s an orphan and a foster kid. Bud runs away and meets Lefty Lewis and Herman E. Calloway...who turns about to be a part of his family. He thinks Lefty Lewis is a vampire. Bud keeps his emotions and possessions all in his suitcase, and keeps everything to himself. This is a really good but sometimes long book. It does have one bit of strong language. We would recommend this book.
    • school2354
      school2354Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 6:36 pm55 stars
      This is a really, really good book.
      • pinehill
        pinehillWednesday, May 30, 2018 at 7:55 am33 stars
        this is my book club book and its pretty good, it takes place in the great depresion! About a kid who dousen't have parents.
        • pretzel101
          pretzel101Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:04 pm55 stars
          Comment : Doggone I gonna say this book is doggone good to be such a doggone book. To much doggones? Sorry its part of the authors style. He wore about an orphan named Bud. But since everyone would properly call him Buddy he say "Bud not Buddy". Summary : Bud is and orphan at the home. He has been an orphan since age 6, and now at age 11. He has been to many foster homes and all turn out horrible. His mission is to see his dad in Grand Rapids. Recommendation : For anyone who loves action, adventure and maybe comedy. Key words that will be found A LOT : Doggone Mr. Curtis this is an amazing book thanks for writing it. :) :D
          • allyisawesome
            allyisawesomeSaturday, January 20, 2018 at 9:54 am55 stars
            This book is so funny and humerous! Would definatly recomand it!
            • bfairchi
              bfairchiSaturday, January 20, 2018 at 5:35 am44 stars
              Speaks for the disadvantaged life of a foster child and how one boy, Bud, overcomes his hardships in search of a dream.
              • dangerider19
                dangerider19Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 12:37 pm44 stars
                it gets sad a little bit
                • Chris P. CurtisMonday, February 27, 2017 at 12:07 pm
                  Thank you for the love for my book. Read the others, too!
                  • harrypotter87
                    harrypotter87Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 1:52 pm44 stars
                    good book
                    • sweetgirl823
                      sweetgirl823Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 4:07 pm55 stars
                      This book is sad n amazing at the same time! I think if you are having a bad day open this book up and read it it might put a smile on your face!

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