Genre: middle grade historical fiction
Length: 243 pages
Setting: Michigan during the Great Depression
Interest: This book was recommended somewhere as a good read-aloud book.
Summary: Bud is an orphan during the Depression. He runs away from an abusive foster home in Flint and heads to Grand Rapids to find Herman E. Calloway, who he believes is his father. Calloway is a big band player and Bud fits right in with his band. Turns out Calloway is his grandfather.
Final thoughts: This did turn out to be an enjoyable read-aloud. It certainly provided an interesting story on something that our family doesn’t experience – being poor and black. Bud had to make his way on his own, during the Depression and a black kid. You got sucked into his story of how to survive as a kid, longing for a family that loves him. He found it in Calloway’s band.
Awards won: Newbery Medal in 2000
Title comes from: It’s how Bud always introduced himself.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this was a review of a book read in a previous year
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