Tuesday, April 2, 2013

#AtoZChallenge Newbery Winner 'Bud, Not Buddy' by Christopher Paul Curtis

In 2000, author Christopher Paul Curtis won the Newbery Medal for his book Bud, Not Buddy. A story chronicling an orphan during the great Depression, it is taught in classrooms all over. (Get a teaching guide here.) This is yet another one that I haven't read, but plan to soon. I have a copy sitting on my bookshelf, just waiting to be devoured.

The Amazon description is short, but tells you everything you need to know to start it:
It’s 1936, in Flint, Michigan, and when 10-year-old Bud decides to hit the road to find his father, nothing can stop him.

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Author Christopher Paul Curtis also received the Newbery Honor in 1996 for The Watson's Go to Birmingham: 1963, which deals with the horrors of racism in Birmingham in 1963. (Get a teacher's guide here.) Another one on that never-ending necessary TBR pile.

From Amazon:

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.

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Have you read either of these? What did you think of them? 


  1. The Watsons Go to Birmingham is a truly wonderful book. It deals with serious topics like poverty and racism, but is also very, very funny at times. The imagery of the children taking off all of their winter clothes when they get to school reminds me very much of my own growing up in Illinois.

  2. Christopher Paul Curtis is a wonderful author! My middle school kids love his books.

  3. I love both of these books! They're on my bookshelf. I re-read them a year or two ago. Both are truly wonderful and very much deserving of their Newbery awards.

    Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  4. Andrea, I haven't read any of these, but definitely want to read both of them. Going to bookmark both. Thanks.

    J.L. Campbell writes Jamaican Kid Lit

  5. I haven't read either, but I have two boys, ages 11 and 8 who might be interested. Thanks for the recommendations!

  6. Haven't read either of these!