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 Bud says,
There comes a time when you’re losing a fight that it just doesn’t make sense to keep on fighting. It’s not that you’re being a quitter, it’s just that you’ve got the sense to know when enough is enough.
And yet, he doesn’t quit. Just a moment later, he says,
He could kiss my wrist if he thought I was going to let him whip me up without a good fight.
Mr. and Mrs. Amos lock him in their shed. Bud battles what he believes to be a vampire bat (“I wasn’t about to let this vampire suck my blood dry without a war, he could kiss my wrist if he thought that was going to happen”) and some hornets, and he then breaks a window to escape. He gets revenge on the family by making it appear as though Todd wet his bed (which Mrs. Amos hates) and goes off on his own again.
When Bud wants...
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