Bud, Not Buddy is about a 10 year old boy on the search for his father. The story starts out with Bud in a foster home and he is not treated well. He runs away and finds a poster that he reads and automatically thinks the man in the picture will lead him to his father. Bud sets out on an adventure and meets people along the way. He eventually meets up with the band to find out that who he thought was his father is actually his grandfather. His story seems to end well and he is finally comfortable with the thought of his future.
This book could be a read aloud to the entire class with many discussions along the way. The students could take Bud and analyze his character. They could talk about his characteristics and how they are either alike or not alike.
Grades 3-5 and 6-8
Accelerated Reader 5.0