In Bud, Not Buddy, what is a summary of Chapters 4 to 8?

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In chapters 4 to 8, Bud is in transition. He moves through several different settings as he seeks to find the man he thinks is his real father. However, roadblocks stop him at every turn throughout these chapters. 

In chapter 4, Bud escapes from a cruel foster family but not without taking some revenge out on the family. He sets out, seeking a familiar figure for help.

In chapter 5, Bud tries to locate a kind librarian for help in his dilemma. He does not want to return to the orphanage. However, the library is closed and Bud falls asleep under a tree to wait for breakfast at the mission.

In chapter 6, breakfast at the mission involved a family helping him by pretending to be his parents so that he could get in and eat. He almost missed the time to eat but the family helped him through that roadblock.

In chapter 7, the library does not provide Bud with the help he seeks. The librarian has moved to a new place. Realizing he has to think through his next steps with no help in sight, he goes back to sit under the same tree.

In chapter 8, Bud meets up with an old friend, seeks help at a makeshift town of cardboard huts, tries to jump on a train but misses and then watches as the cardboard town is burnt down.

This last roadblock sends Bud back to the mission to wait for breakfast.