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Bud, Not Buddy

It takes readers most of the book to figure out what these rocks are that Bud hauls around with him and why they are important. We first read about them in chapter 5, but readers get very little...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2019, 8:43 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

Bud never meets his biological father nor does he discover his name. For the majority of the story, Bud believes that his father's name is Herman Calloway, who happens to be a famous musician...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2017, 4:13 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

I would argue that the first significant event in this story takes place when Bud makes his escape from the Amos household. Bud, who has been beaten up by an older boy at his foster home, makes his...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2020, 1:23 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

When Bud is six years old, his mother passes away at the age of twenty-six, and he is taken to an orphanage. He eventually leaves in hopes of finding his father. Although Christopher Paul Curtis...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2017, 12:00 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

I would argue that there are few ways in which Bud does not change during the course of his story. His circumstances change, he starts to grow up, and he becomes part of a group that he can call...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2020, 11:23 am (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

Bud creates a list of rules that he lives by, which helps him survive and thrive in life. The following five rules help Bud survive in the world on his own: Rule #3 helps Bud avoid getting into...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2017, 2:55 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

Bud’s suitcase contains a pack of flyers. These sit at the very bottom of the suitcase. The flyers are advertisements for various performances of the jazz musician Herman E. Calloway. They are...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2018, 4:52 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

Bud always introduces himself as "Bud" because that is his name. Bud's mother named him Bud, not Buddy; therefore, Bud wants to be called what his mother named him. Most of chapter five is a...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2016, 8:25 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

Bud incorrectly assumes the man in the flyer is his father because of a distant memory. Before Bud’s mother dies, she sees this particular blue flyer and becomes very distraught at seeing it....

Latest answer posted April 7, 2016, 10:22 am (UTC)

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After Bud runs away from the Amos household, he isn’t sure what to do or where to go. He eventually decides to try and get to Grand Rapids, Michigan in order to search for Herman E. Calloway. "So...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2017, 1:52 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

Unfortunately, Bud never finds out who his father is. While Bud spends the majority of the book believing that Herman E. Calloway is his father, it is revealed in Chapter Eighteen that Calloway is...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2016, 7:13 am (UTC)

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Bud's rule number three is as follows. "If you got to tell a lie, make sure it’s simple and easy to remember.” Bud tells the readers this rule in chapter two. Bud is good liar. He admits it...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2016, 10:18 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 16, after Miss Thomas has told Bud that he can stay with her and the band, she also tells him that she considers him "a godsend," and she tells Bud that he must "keep that in mind all of...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2019, 8:40 am (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

The quote that this question is referring to appears in chapter 16 of Bud, Not Buddy. The chapter begins with Bud waking up after a long night of sleep. He's been needing a good rest. Bud quietly...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2021, 10:29 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 19, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression walk into Grand Calloway Station and tell Bud that they have something for him. Steady Eddie slides a busted up cardboard suitcase in front of...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2016, 1:05 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 2, Todd Amos is beating up Bud when Mrs. Amos walks into the bedroom. Todd lies to his mother and fakes an asthma attack. Todd points to Bud's hand mark on his face, and Todd's parents...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2016, 6:44 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

While Bud searches for his father, he comes across a Hooverville, which is a shanty town. Many of them were constructed during the Great Depression, and homes were often made of cardboard. Bud and...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2017, 2:42 am (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found in chapter 8. Chapter 8 begins with Bud and Bugs being reunited with each other. The two boys are excited to be together again, and they head off toward one...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2018, 12:38 am (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

In Curtis' novel, Bud, Not Buddy, the problem is that Bud has lost his mother—she died when he was six. He has been in the Home for several years, in and out of foster homes, has been beaten up,...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2012, 12:44 am (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

In Chapter 15 of Christopher Paul Curtis's young reader's novel Bud, Not Buddy, Miss Thomas, a singer for Herman E. Calloway's band, takes Bud to Calloway's house called "Grand Calloway Station."...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2015, 4:21 am (UTC)

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In Chapter 15, Bud is invited to eat dinner with Herman Calloway and his band at the Sweet Pea. Bud is treated to his first sit-down meal at a restaurant and thoroughly enjoys his food. During the...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2016, 9:16 pm (UTC)

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Bud says that quote in chapter 9: It's funny how ideas are, in a lot of ways they're just like seeds. Both of them start real, real small and then ... woop, zoop, sloop ... before you can say...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2017, 11:30 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

Bud's pretend mom and dad treat him very well during the all-too-brief period in which they're with him. Had it not been for their keeping up the facade that Bud is their son Clarence, then poor...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2020, 9:35 am (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

I believe this question is asking about the announcement that Bud makes at the end of chapter 12. This is the point in the book that Bud finally states that he believes that Herman E. Calloway is...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2018, 11:26 pm (UTC)

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Early on, Bud introduces the reader to a series of rules and wisdom entitled “Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.” Although Bud has...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2021, 7:07 pm (UTC)

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There are two rules mentioned in chapter 15 of Bud, Not Buddy. The first is as follows: Rules and Things number 547, or something, that was the one about when a adult tells you, “Don’t Worry.”...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019, 2:35 pm (UTC)

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During their ride back to Flint, a policeman pulls over Lefty Lewis with Bud in the passenger seat. When Lefty Lewis pulls over, he cautions Bud to stay silent and remain in his seat. He then tells...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2018, 12:26 am (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

Throughout Bud's journey to Grand Rapids to find Herman Calloway, who ends up being his grandfather, Bud lives by a set of rules he created to help him survive as a homeless orphan during the...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2018, 6:00 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

On the surface, Bud appears to be completely different from his grandfather, Herman E. Calloway. While Bud is young, enthusiastic, and friendly, Herman is a grumpy, callous old man, who is reserved...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2019, 10:48 am (UTC)

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Surprisingly, the band members (other than Calloway) are quite cordial and accepting of Bud. They might not be accepting of his notion that Calloway is his father, but the band members don't throw...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2018, 3:45 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

Aside from the fact that Dirty Deed is an excellent musician, Herman E. Calloway makes sure to keep at least one white band member because of the prejudices and blatantly unfair laws that exist in...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2010, 11:19 am (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

Conflicts are abundant in this book. For example, Bud has a very intense conflict with the Amos family. Specifically, his conflict is with Todd Amos, who thinks that he can beat up Bud with no...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2019, 5:44 pm (UTC)

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While Bud may mention his mother in each of those chapters, I would focus the motherly advice search to chapter 5. Chapter 4 is still primarily focused on Bud's experience with the Amos family,...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2019, 11:42 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

Bud starts crying at the restaurant out of a sense of relief and release. After all the years of hardship and sorrow since his mother died four years earlier, he has finally reached his...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2010, 6:15 am (UTC)

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Bud's active imagination gives him hope throughout the novel and encourages him to continue his journey during difficult times. Bud compares his thoughts to tiny seeds that grow into massive maple...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016, 5:43 pm (UTC)

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Based on the numbering system that Bud has for his rules, we can tell that there are many of them. For example, rule 118 involves giving adults “Something That They Think They Can Use To Hurt You.”...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2021, 10:14 am (UTC)

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Many of Bud’s weaknesses are actually external (such as poverty and homelessness); however, Bud has two main internal weaknesses as well: his inability to show emotion and his rules. Largely...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2016, 9:40 am (UTC)

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In Chapter 14, Bud dines with Herman Calloway and his band at the Sweet Pea. As soon as Bud enters the restaurant, he takes a big "snort of air" and says "This must be exactly how heaven smells!"...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2016, 4:19 pm (UTC)

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I believe that this question is asking about Bud's band name that he is given once the members of Calloway's band decide to care for Bud. This occurs in chapter 16, and the first suggested name is...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2018, 12:22 pm (UTC)

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Miss Thomas tells Bud that she wants him to stay in chapter 16. Bud's immediate reaction is a "gigantic smile" which he says "split [his] face in half." This implies that he is very happy. The...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2019, 8:29 am (UTC)

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In chapter eight, Bud links up with his friend Bugs and the two orphans proceed to visit Flint's version of a Hooverville. A Hooverville is a makeshift shantytown named after President Herbert...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2019, 6:00 pm (UTC)

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After Bud survives a vicious hornet attack and gets revenge on Todd, he flees the Amos household with his suitcase and begins walking to the north side library. Bud hopes that he will be able to...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2019, 4:26 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

Bud learns more than one life lesson over the course of this relatively short novel. A common answer is that Bud learns the value of family, and that is definitely true; however, I don't believe...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2018, 2:07 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

In the novel Bud, Not Buddy, Herman E. Calloway is an old, cantankerous individual who is hard to get along with. He is a famous musician who has lost the love of his life, his daughter. Herman's...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2016, 12:39 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 17 is important because this is when Bud begins to feel like he belongs. Bud is cleaning as the band sets up, and he’s pretending he’s in Twenty Thousand Leaks Under the Sea, which is how...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019, 12:35 am (UTC)

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In Chapter Six of Bud, Not Buddy, Bud accidentally oversleeps and is late to line up at the mission for his breakfast. By the time that he arrives, the line is already two blocks long. As Bud waits...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2016, 7:52 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

In Christopher Paul Curtis's young reader's novel Bud, Not Buddy, one reason why the title character Bud believes Herman E. Calloway to be his father has to do with his mother's reaction to a flyer...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2015, 3:44 am (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

Beginning: Bud flees the Amos household by escaping their hornet-infested shed and running to the local library. Bud then meets up with his friend named Bugs and the two boys spend a memorable...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2018, 11:45 am (UTC)

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Chapter 14 is an important chapter in Bud, Not Buddy because it shows Bud in a situation where he isn't trying only to survive. He doesn't have to be on guard and try to watch his entire...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2021, 1:02 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

Much of Bud, Not Buddy includes the resilience of ten-year-old Bud. Near the beginning of the book, when Bud goes to live with the Amoses, they treat him badly; Todd, the Amos son, beats him, and...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2019, 5:43 pm (UTC)

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