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Characters in Bud, Not Buddy

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Key characters in Bud, Not Buddy include Bud Caldwell, an orphaned boy on a quest to find his father; Herman E. Calloway, a musician whom Bud believes to be his father; and Lefty Lewis, a kind man who helps Bud on his journey. Other important characters are Bugs, Bud's friend, and Miss Thomas, a singer in Calloway's band.

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Who are some characters in Bud, Not Buddy and how would you describe them?

Other than Lefty Lewis and Bud Caldwell, there are several characters in the novel, “Bud, Not Buddy” who impact the plot of the story. For instance, Billy Burns is a bully who lives in one of the orphanages. Also, when Bud strays into the Hooverville, he meets and kisses a young girl, Deza Malone.  Deza is not a prim young lady. Rather, she is curious about boys and bold enough to act on her curiosity.

During the visit to the Hooverville, Bud loses Bugs, his friend and blood brother, when Bugs runs to catch the passing train. He and Bugs had been good friends. In fact, Bugs found Bud to ask him if he wanted to ride the trains with him. Bugs was loyal and brave.  He wanted to travel the country with Bud.

Bud believes that the cranky band member, Herman E. Calloway, is his father despite the fact that he has no absolute proof.  Calloway is impatient and pushy. Miss Thomas is also in the band; yet, she is compassionate. She has a delicate concern for Bud and the other band members treat him kindly because she does so. Herman E. Calloway is the only one who hesitates to warmly receive Bud.

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Who are the major characters in the novel Bud, Not Buddy?

There are several important characters throughout the novel Bud, Not Buddy. Bud is the novel's narrator and protagonist. He is a ten-year-old orphan who lives in Flint, Michigan during the Depression. Bud's journey to find his biological father takes him to Grand Rapids, where he unknowingly mistakes his grandfather, Herman E. Calloway, to be his father. Herman E. Calloway is a famous musician who views Bud with contempt. Herman's daughter, Angela Janet Caldwell, ran away from home and passed away when her son, Bud, was six years old. At the beginning of the novel, Bud runs away from the Amoses' house after Todd Amos lies about Bud beating him up. Bud travels to a Hooverville with his best friend, Bugs. While Bud is visiting the Hooverville, he meets another supporting character, Deza Malone, who gives him his first kiss. Another major character throughout the novel is Lefty Lewis. Lefty drives Bud to Grand Rapids to meet his "father." Lefty Lewis introduces Bud to his daughter, Mrs. Sleet, and his two grandchildren, Kim and Scott, before they hit the road. Two other major characters in the novel include Steady Eddie, who plays the saxophone in Herman's band and quickly befriends Bud, and Miss Thomas, a singer in Calloway's band, who convinces Herman to let Bud stay at their home.

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Who are some male characters in Bud, Not Buddy?

Several men played an important role in the novel "Bud, Not Buddy" as they interacted with the main character, Bud. The most important and prominent one was the man Bud believes is his father, Herman E. Calloway. He is the leader of a jazz band and turns out to be Bud's grandfather. Though he has a tough exterior, he has a good heart and helps people in need.

Lefty Lewis also interacts with Bud in an important way. Mr. Lewis believes Bud's story and helps him with food, shelter, advice and a ride to find Mr. Calloway. At the time of their interaction, Bud and Mr. Lewis both believe that Mr. Calloway is Bud's father.

Steady Eddie is the band member that appears to most interact with Bud. Although the entire band takes Bud in as one of their own and a family member, it is Steady Eddie who also takes him under his wing and shows him the world of music. Eddie provides Bud with a recorder and a saxophone.

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Who are the main characters and what's the resolution in Bud, Not Buddy?

The main character is, of course, Bud. He is a 10-year-old orphan during the Great Depression who goes on a quest to find a man that he thinks is his father.

Other main characters of note include:

Lefty Lewis is a man who picks up Bud on the side of the road and takes him home in order to keep Bud from walking along a dangerous road. Bud convinces Lefty Lewis to take him to the city that Bud believes his father is in.

Herman E. Calloway is the man who Bud believes is his father but turns out to be his grandfather.

The story comes to a resolution when Bud and Herman E. Calloway find out the truth about their relationship, and Herman grieves the death of his daughter. He then decides to let Bud stay with him and his band.

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Who are the main characters and what's the resolution in Bud, Not Buddy?

The main character in the book is 10-year-old Bud Caldwell, an orphan who has run away from an abusive foster home and is searching for his father.  Other important characters are Herman E. Calloway, the senior member in a jazz band who turns out to be Bud's grandfather, and Miss Thomas, the band's singer, a sensitive and understanding woman who facilitates Calloway's and Bud's bonding.  Less developed characters include Bud's best friend Bugs, Deza Malone, who gives Bud his first kiss, the Amos, mission, and Hooverville families, and band members Mr. Jimmy and Steady Eddie, who give Bud his own horn.

The story is resolved when Calloway acknowledges Bud as his grandson.  The ending is cautiously hopeful, with Bud finding a home with the band and embarking upon a relationship with his grandfather.

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Who are the main characters and what's the resolution in Bud, Not Buddy?

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.

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