Ten-year-old Bud Caldwell is on the lam. Running from the barren, impersonal confines of a 1930s orphanage and a stupidly cruel and dysfunctional foster home, he is off on a search for his birth father.
All Bud has in the world he carries in a battered suitcase which he guards with his life. There is a picture of his mother, some stones she treasured, a blanket, and the only clue to his father, a blue flyer advertising Herman E. Calloway and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression, a jazz band working out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Bud's journey is sometimes a matter of...
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