Bud, Not Buddy (Christopher Paul Curtis)

  “A bud is a flower-to-be. A flower in waiting. Waiting for just the right warmth and care to open up. It's a little fist of love waiting to unfold and be seen by the world. And that's you.”

“A bud is a flower-to-be. A flower in waiting. Waiting for just the right warmth and care to open up. It's a little fist of love waiting to unfold and be seen by the world. And that's you.”

U.S.A. / 1999

I really think I'm too old to still be this obsessed with YA books. Just seeing this cover transported me back to those dusty, centipede-infested hours spent in my middle school library. My eyes are watering just thinking about it. Not sure if it's the nostalgia or the allergies...

Set in 1936, Bud, Not Buddy follows a ten-year-old orphan named Bud as he bounces around orphanages and foster homes in Flint, Michigan. Still reeling from his mother's passing, he struggles to fit in with the new families. Fed up, he decides to hit the road and go looking for his father—the alleged leader of a famous band.

In 2000, this book received the esteemed Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature. It's another must read from Christopher Paul Curtis, the author of the equally incredible novel The Watson's Go to Birmingham—1963.