“Bud, Not Buddy” by Christopher Paul Curtis (ages 9-12, Laurel Leaf, 272 pp.) follows Bud (not Buddy!) – a Depression-era orphan with a big imagination – as he flees his unpleasant foster family in search of his real dad.
Lovely pictures and deft prose bring history to life for young readers first encountering the Civil Rights movement, Gullah heritage, the Underground Railroad, and other chapters of the African American experience.
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