A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Kenny's 13-year-old brother, Byron, gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma's church is blown up.
"An exceptional first novel."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred, Boxed Review
"Superb . . . a warmly memorable evocation of an African American family." —The Horn Book Magazine, Starred
"Marvelous . . . both comic and deeply moving."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Ribald humor . . . and a totally believable child's view of the world will make this book an instant hit."—School Library Journal, Starred
FINALIST 1996 - Newbery Medal Winner
WINNER 1996 - Coretta Scott King Author Honor
WINNER 1996 - ALA Notable Children's Book
WINNER 1998 - California Young Reader Medal
WINNER 2000 - New Mexico Land of Enchantment Book Award
WINNER 1999 - Massachusetts Children's Book Master List
WINNER 1996 - Maine Student Book Master List
NOMINEE 1998 - Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award
WINNER 1997 - Arkansas Charlie May Simon Master List
WINNER 1997 - Texas Lone Star Reading List
WINNER 1996 - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
Christopher Paul Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan, and grew up there. Bud, Not Buddy, his second novel, winner of the 2000 Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award, is available in a Delacorte hardcover edition.
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