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About the Book
Bud, Not Buddy tells the story of a young boy who lives in Michigan during the Great Depression. After living in an orphanage and escaping from a foster home where he's forced to sleep in a shed, Bud travels on his own to find a musician, Herman E. Calloway, who he believes is his father. On his way, he finds a Hooverville, a city made up of the homeless and jobless, where people treat him well. He also meets a kind limousine driver, who warns him about the dangers of a black person traveling alone. When Bud finally meets Herman E. Calloway, he is welcomed by Herman's entire band. Herman, though, isn't so sure how he feels about this boy who claims to be his son. Herman and Bud are both in for a surprise when they find out that Bud isn't Herman's son, but his grandson.

Before Reading the Book
Explain to students that this book takes place during the Great Depression, a time of great hardship for many Americans. Talk to them about the hunger and joblessness that many Americans faced. Discuss with students that the events in this story occurred in the 1930s, decades before many Civil Rights advances came about for African Americans. This made the Great Depression especially difficult for African Americans. Encourage students to read about the Great Depression in other books from the school library.

Discussion Questions

  1. After being beaten up and forced to sleep in a shed in his new foster home, ten-year-old Bud decides to go "on the lam." He runs away from the foster home and from the orphanage where he'd lived before going to the home. During the depression, many children were forced to travel by themselves. Think about Bud's experiences in the library, the bread line, and the Hooverville. Do you think he was luckier than most children on their own? Why or why not?


  2. Times were hard for lots of people during the Great Depression- not just Bud. Talk your own families to find out about how your grandparents and great- grandparents were affected by the depression. Share their stories with your classmates.

  3. Herman E. Calloway always made sure that one member of his band was white.
    Why was it important for him to have a white band member? What could a white man do in the 1930s that a black man wasn't allowed to do?

  4. The Great Depression took place before people had televisions. Movies and live entertainment, like jazz bands, were especially important in helping people forget their own hardships. Go to your community library and check out some CDs of 1930s jazz. You might want to listen to Betty Carter, the musical inspiration for Miss Thomas, or Billie Holiday, another legendary jazz singer. Play the music for your classmates, and discuss how this music compares to today's popular music.

  5. After Bud's momma dies and he is moved from the orphanage into foster homes, he stops crying when things make him sad. He says he doesn't have any more tears. But when he sits in a good restaurant with Herman Calloway's band laughing and talking, he can't stop crying. Why do you think Bud cries that night?

  6. Bud's story takes place during the 1930s, when orphanages are still common and lots of children and families have lost everything due to the Great Depression. How do you think life would be different for Bud if he was growing up today?

Bud, Not Buddy
Chapters 1-3
1. Bud is in an orphanage because ___________________________________________

2. Where are Bud and Jerry being sent to? _____________________________________

How does Bud feel about it? ________________________________________________
3. What did Todd Amos do to Bud? __________________________________________
4. Where do the Amoses put Bud? ________________________________What is he
afraid of there? ______________________________
5. What does Bud carry in his suitcase? _______________________________________
6. Why do you think his suitcase and its contents are so important to him? ___________
________________________________________________________________________
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Chapters 4-8
1. How did Bud get revenge on Todd Amos? ___________________________________
2. How does Bud get to eat at the mission even though he was late for breakfast? ______
_______________________________________________________________________
3. What plans do Bud and Bugs make? Where do they go? ________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
4. Describe ‘Hooperville’. __________________________________________________
5. Describe what happens in the early morning at the shanty town. __________________

________________________________________________________________________



Chapters 9-11
1. Why does Bud go back to the library a second time? What has he decided to do? _____
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
2. What does Bud compare his idea about his father to? ___________________________
3. Why does Bud think that Mr. Lewis is a vampire? _____________________________

________________________________________________________________________

4. What does Bud tell Lefty Lewis that he is doing out walking at night? _____________
________________________________________________________________________
5. Describe what happens to Bud at Scott and Kim’s house? _______________________
________________________________________________________________________

6. What kind of relationship does Mr. Lewis have with his daughter and her family?




Chapter 12-14
1. When Lefty Lewis and Bud start out toward Flint, what does Lefty tell Bud he has
sent to Mr. Calloway? ________________________________
2. Why was important that the cop not see the flyers in Lefty’s car? _________________
_______________________________________________________________________
3. What is Mr. Calloway’s reaction to Bud and his news? _________________________
________________________________________________________________________
5. What is the band’s reaction to Bud? ________________________________________
6. Who is Miss Thomas? __________________________________What does Bud think
about her? _______________________________________________________________

7. List the nickname and instrument of each band member.





Band Member

Nickname

Instrument

Herman E. Calloway







Jimmy Wesley






Dough Tennant








Harrison Eddie Patrick







Chug Cross







Roy Breed







8. What happens at the restaurant? ___________________________________________


Chapter 15- 19
1. Where do they take Bud? ____________________________How did it get its name?
_______________________________________________________________________
2. Describe the flashback Bud has when Mr. Calloway warns him not to touch
anything in the bedroom. ___________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
4. What agreement or decision do they reach about Bud? ________________________

5. What does Steady Eddie bring from Bud that first morning? _____________________


6. How do the ‘rocks’ become an issue? _______________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
7. Why does Mr. Calloway collect rocks? ______________________________________
What does he write on them? ________________________________________________
8. Describe Mr. Calloway’s reaction to Bud’s explanation about the rocks. ____________
________________________________________________________________________
9. What proof does Bud have in his suitcase that proves who he and his mother are? ___

________________________________________________________________________

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10. What instrument does the band bring Bud? _________________________ What
nickname do they give him and how do they come up with the name? _____________
_____________________________________________________________________
11. What item does Bud keep from his suitcase? _________________________ Why do
you think he keeps that item? _______________________________________________

Bud, Not Buddy Vocabulary


Page #

Word

Definition

2

ink 1ink 2ink 3ink 4ink 5ink 6ink 7ink 8ink 9ink 10d

period of time, after the crash on Wall Street, where there were a lot of poor, unemployed people in America


5

ink 11ink 12ink 13ink 14ink 15ink 16ink 17c

to begin

6

ink 18ink 19ink 20ink 21ink 22ink 23ink 24ink 25e

a formal agreement to be somewhere for a given time

7

ink 27ink 28ink 29ink 30ink 31ink 32ink 33ink 34ink 35ink 36ink 37ink 38ink 43D


ink 26a Marvel comic book character; one who lays waste

15

ink 39ink 40ink 41ink 42ink 44v

animals that carry diseases such as rats

40

ink 45ink 46ink 47ink 48ink 49ink 50ink 51ink 52r

a contagious itching skin disease caused by a fungusi and affecting the scalp or the feet

46

p


a special right

54

h

to put into an artificially induced state resembling sleep

56

m

relating to marriage or married people

63

l

escaping, fleeing

66

H

a shantytown built by unemployed and destitute people during the Depression of the early 1930s

82

l

a powered rail vehicle that pulls trains

82

s

a deprived area on the outskirts of a town consisting of large numbers of crude dwellings

83

c

a communist

86

a

a false name or assumed identity

114

b

a backward flow of fluid

117

k

loose fitting pants gathered at the knee or calf


128

p

a parlor car or sleeping car on a train

128

p

a person employed to carry luggage, especially at hotels, trains, and airplanes

135

o

one who forms and organizes a group

136

l

causing hatred or disgust

143

K

a secret society of white southerners in the US formed to suppress black people

143

m

slowly decaying or disintegrating

154

b

clumsy hands prone to dropping things

155

f

to generate pus

156

s

persistently avoid, ignore, or reject


157

m

interfere in something not of concern

158

N

relating to Nubia, its people, or their language

192

c

in good order

196

p

a young person given exceptional abilities or talents

215

i

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Page #

Word

Definition

2

depression

period of time, after the crash on Wall Street, where there were a lot of poor, unemployed people in America

5

commence

to begin

6

engagement

a formal agreement to be somewhere for a given time

7

Devastator

a Marvel comic book character; one who lays waste


15

vermin

animals that carry diseases such as rats

40

ringworm

a contagious itching skin disease caused by a fungusi and affecting the scalp or the feet

46

privilege

a special right

54

hypnotize

to put into an artificially induced state resembling sleep

56

matrimonial

relating to marriage or married people

63

lam

escaping, fleeing

66

Hooverville

a shantytown built by unemployed and destitute people during the Depression of the early 1930s

82

locomotive

a powered rail vehicle that pulls trains

82

shantytown

a deprived area on the outskirts of a town consisting of large numbers of crude dwellings

83

commie

a communist

86


alias

a false name or assumed identity

114

backwash

a backward flow of fluid

117

knickers

loose fitting pants gathered at the knee or calf

128

pullman

a parlor car or sleeping car on a train

128

porter

a person employed to carry luggage, especially at hotels, trains, and airplanes

135

organizers

one who forms and organizes a group

136

loathsome

causing hatred or disgust

143

Ku Klux Klan

a secret society of white southerners in the US formed to suppress black people

143

moldering

slowly decaying or disintegrating

154

butterfingers


clumsy hands prone to dropping things

155

fester

to generate pus

156

shun

persistently avoid, ignore, or reject

157

meddle

interfere in something not of concern

158

Nubian

relating to Nubia, its people, or their language

192

copasetic (copacetic)

in good order

196

prodigy

a young person given exceptional abilities or talents

215

insinuate

Suggest or hint






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