The Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a boy who decides to hit the road to find his father—from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963, a Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree.
It’s 1936, in Flint Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him:
1. He has his own suitcase full of special things.
2. He’s the author of Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.
3. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!
Bud’s got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road to find this mystery man, nothing can stop him—not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.
AN ALA BEST BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTS
AN ALA NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOK
AN IRA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD WINNER
NAMED TO 14 STATE AWARD LISTS
“The book is a gem, of value to all ages, not just the young people to whom it is aimed.” —The Christian Science Monitor
“Will keep readers engrossed from first page to last.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
“Curtis writes with a razor-sharp intelligence that grabs the reader by the heart and never lets go. . . . This highly recommended title [is] at the top of the list of books to be read again and again.” —Voice of Youth Advocates, Starred
WINNER - Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year
WINNER 2000 - Coretta Scott King Author Award
WINNER 2000 - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
WINNER - School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
WINNER - IRA Children's Book Award for Older Readers
WINNER 2000 - Newbery Medal Winner
WINNER 2000 - ALA Notable Children's Book
WINNER 2002 - Hawaii Nene Award
WINNER 2002 - Kansas William White Award
WINNER - South Dakota Prairie Pasque Award
WINNER - Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award
WINNER - Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fischer Book Award
NOMINEE 2002 - Arizona Young Reader's Award
WINNER 2001 - Tennessee Volunteer State Award
NOMINEE 2002 - Illinois--Rebecca Caudill Young Reeaders' Book Award
WINNER 2001 - Kentucky Bluegrass Award
FINALIST 2002 - Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Award
FINALIST 2000 - Maine Student Book Award
WINNER 2012 - Scholastic Parent & Child 100 Greatest Books for Kids
Christopher Paul Curtis is the author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963, one of the most highly acclaimed first novels for young readers in recent years. It was singled out for many awards, among them a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor, and has been a bestseller in hardcover and paperback.
Christopher Paul Curtis grew up in Flint, Michigan. After high school he began working on the assembly line at the Fisher Body Flint Plant No. 1 while attending the Flint branch of the University of Michigan. Today he is a full-time writer.
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