Bud, Not Buddy Author

Instructor: Abby Federico

Abby has taught elementary special education and has her master's degree in this area.

This lesson discusses the biography of Christopher Paul Curtis, the author of the book 'Bud, Not Buddy'. It will detail his early life, writing career, popular novels, and the awards that he has won.

Christopher Paul Curtis

Have you ever wanted to do something but thought you didn't have enough time? Have you ever worked really hard to accomplish something anyhow? Read on to learn more about author Christopher Paul Curtis and the hard work and challenges he faced in order to do what he loved - writing.

Christopher Paul Curtis is the African American author of the popular novel Bud, Not Buddy. He was born in 1953 in Flint, Michigan. He has used his hometown as the setting in a few of his novels, and all of his main characters are African American.

After Christopher graduated from high school, he went to college and, at the same time, got a job at a General Motors assembly plant. Christopher's job at the plant was to put the doors on cars. It was very hard, physical work. Christopher and his partner worked out a way that one of them could work on the doors while the other had a break. This allowed Christopher to read and work on his writing.

So far, Christopher has written a total of eight books. The most famous are The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963, Bud, Not Buddy, and Elijah of Buxton.

Author Christopher Paul Curtis
Christopher Paul Curtis

Popular Novels

Christopher's first book was The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963. This book is about the Watson family who lives in Flint, Michigan. In the book the older brother is getting into some trouble, so the family goes on a trip to visit their grandmother. While they are there their grandmother's church gets blown up!

Christopher's most popular book is Bud, Not Buddy. This book was also set in Flint, Michigan, and the events take place during the Great Depression. The book's main character is Bud, a ten-year-old boy whose mother has died. Bud doesn't know who his father is, but his mother left behind a clue about who he might be. Bud goes on a journey to find the man he thinks is his father, and runs into a lot of problems and adventures along the way.

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