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Christopher Paul Curtis
Photo © 2003 James Keyserauthor spotlight"To me the highest accolade comes when a young reader tells me, 'I really liked your book.' The young seem to be able to say 'really' with a clarity, a faith, and an honesty that we as adults have long forgotten. That is why I write."--Christopher Paul... show more

Photo © 2003 James Keyserauthor spotlight"To me the highest accolade comes when a young reader tells me, 'I really liked your book.' The young seem to be able to say 'really' with a clarity, a faith, and an honesty that we as adults have long forgotten. That is why I write."--Christopher Paul CurtisChristopher Paul Curtis made an outstanding debut in children's literature with The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963. His second novel, Bud, Not Buddy, is the first book ever to receive both the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award.ABOUT THE AUTHORBorn in Flint, Michigan, Christopher Paul Curtis spent his first 13 years after high school on the assembly line of Flint's historic Fisher Body Plant # 1. His job entailed hanging car doors, and it left him with an aversion to getting into and out of large automobiles--particularly big Buicks.With grandfathers like Earl "Lefty" Lewis, a Negro Baseball League pitcher, and 1930s bandleader Herman E. Curtis, Sr., of Herman Curtis and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression, it is easy to see why Christopher Paul Curtis was destined to become an entertainer.The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 tells the story of 10-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan, and their unforgettable journey that leads them into one of the darkest moments in American history. It is by turns a hilarious, touching, and tragic story about civil rights and the impact of violence on one family.Curtis's novel Bud, Not Buddy focuses on 10-year-old Bud Caldwell, who hits the road in search of his father and his home. Times may be hard in 1936 Flint, Michigan, but orphaned Bud's got a few things going for him; he believes his mother left a clue of who his father was--and nothing can stop Bud from trying to find him.
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Birth date: May 10, 1953
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Blah, Blah, Blah, Book Blog
Blah, Blah, Blah, Book Blog rated it 12 months ago
The premise of this story hooked me right away, despite the fact that I did not love a good number of the characters. I immediately felt for Cloris, the 72-year-old survivor in this story. Perhaps that’s a function of my perspective as I age—love to see a story of grit and determination from an unex...
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge rated it 3 years ago
Another from NPR's Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf. When I saw the In Memory note at the beginning of the book, I knew whatever I had expected of this book was wrong. Parts were very difficult to read, mainly the end, but some of the family parts at the beginning. This was balanced out by the school ...
Miss Osi's Favorite Books
Miss Osi's Favorite Books rated it 3 years ago
Bud, Not Buddy, is a good book to use with older grades like 4th-5th grade. It is a story about an orphaned boy and his journey to find his true home. It is a humor filled story that kids will enjoy reading. I would use this book in my classroom to read as a whole class and then practice doing a boo...
Ms. Banks' Blissful Books
Ms. Banks' Blissful Books rated it 3 years ago
Bud, Not Buddy is one of my favorite books. It is funny, heartfelt and informational wrap in a beautiful entertaining package. This book is best for older students because they will understand the language and context. The adventure Bud takes will have students locked in and it is a great way to get...
Ms. Morris' Classroom Library
Ms. Morris' Classroom Library rated it 3 years ago
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis is a novel about a ten year old boy named Bud who is from Flint, Michigan. It's 1936, and the motherless Bud is on the run to find out who is father is. She left clues for him on posters, and he believes that these posters will lead him to his father. Gui...
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