Bud, Not Buddy follows the story of a young African American orphan on a journey to find his father. Bud is an adventurous and brave young boy with a suitcase full of things that belonged to his mother. The story takes you back to the time of the Great Depression. The author's writing style allows the reader to feel like they are a part of the story.
I would use this book in a 4th or 5th grade classroom. The book can be integrated in a social studies lesson about the Great Depression as well as segregation. The book allows the reader to view the time period through an African American's eyes. An activity following the reading of the book can be the students creating a list of rules that will make their life better.
AR Level: 5.0