Who are the main characters in the book, Bud, Not Buddy? What are their personalities and appearances?

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There are obviously a number of characters in this novel and I am not going to give you a description of each one as really what I want you to do is to read the book! So what I am going to do is just describe one to you so you can work out how to do it and use that as a basis for developing your own character study of others.

Miss Thomas then, is the singer of the band of Bud's grandfather and is also a very maternal character who acts as a kind of mother to Bud. Consider how Bud describes her:

I didn't see it before, but now that I looked I could tell that Miss Thomas must be the most beautiful woman in the world. When she talked she moved her hands and fingers around and the lights from the ceiling and from the little candle on the table would bounce off all them diamonds and spark up in your eye and make you feel like you'd been hit with some kind of magic fairy dust, then you couldn't help but smile.

It is clear then that Miss Thomas is a captivating woman, not just because of her beauty but also magical in terms of her charm and charisma. It is also evident that she is a real nurturer and mother-type figure. Note the way that she - unlike the rest of the band - notices Bud's various injuries and does not hesitate to ask what happened to him and shows compassion to hear the response as Bud tells his tale of woe and hardship. Finally, we can see that she is a very compassionate character as she embraces Bud and allows him to re-discover how to cry.