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Bud, Not Buddy
by Christopher Paul Curtis
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1.When did this story take place? What do you know about the Great Depression? What did you find out about the Depression from this book? How was life harder for African Americans than white people at that time?
 
2.What do we know about Bud? Good things? Bad things? (Write on flip chart.) What do we know about his mother?
 
3.Which people were kind to Bud? Which people were unkind to him? Did any of them change the way they treated him? What did they do? (Write on flip chart.)
 
4.What things were important to Bud? What was he looking for?
 
5.What were some of Bud's "Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself" How did they apply to what happened to him?
 
6.What were some of your favorite scenes from the book? What was the funniest? What was the saddest?
 
7.How did the author make Bud seem like a real kid? What were some of his favorite sayings?
 
8. When did you figure out how Bud was really related to Herman E. Calloway? What clues did the author give you?
 
9.The author talks about his family history at the back of the book. Do you have any stories from your family history that you can share with the group?
 
Author Website:
http://www.randomhouse.com/features/christopherpaulcurtis/
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