Bud, Not Buddy

Book review by Stephany Aulenback, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Well-crafted tale of orphan boy's search for home.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 50 reviews

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age 9+

So Sad, So Funny

Bud, Not Buddy is a hilarious, heartbreaking tale of a motherless boy finding home. He is beat up by a horrible foster brother, locked in a shed, and attacked by wasps, but no matter what happens, he doesn't become embittered, and this Great Depression-era novel will make laughs, create tears, and teach children about history.

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age 11+

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Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love stories of African American experience

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