by Christopher Paul Curtis Year Published: 1999
The Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a boy who decides to hit the road to find his father—from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963, a Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree.
It’s 1936, in Flint Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him:
1. He has his own suitcase full of special things.
2. He’s the author of Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.
3. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!
Bud’s got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road to find this mystery man, nothing can stop him—not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.
AN ALA BEST BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTS
AN ALA NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOK
AN IRA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD WINNER
NAMED TO 14 STATE AWARD LISTS
1st Nine Weeks:
Unit 1: Prefixes; in-, un-, dis-, mis-
Prefix pre-, fore-, post-, after-
Prefixes re-, ex-, in-, and de-
Prefix sub-, com-, pro-, en-
Suffix -y, -ly, -ily
Suffix: -er, -est, -ier, -iest
Noun suffixes -er, -or, -ian, -ist
Suffix - ment, -less, -ness
2nd Nine Weeks:
Suffixes -ary, -ery, -ory
Suffixes -ty, -ity
Suffix: -al, -ial, -ic
Adjective Suffixes -ful, -ous, -ious
Verb Suffixes -en, -ize, -ify
Suffix -ion with No Spelling Change
Suffixes -ion and -ian with No Spelling Change
Suffix -ion with e-Drop and Spelling Change
3rd Nine Weeks:
Suffixes: -ation, -cation, -ition
Vowel Alternation, Long to Short
Adding Suffix -ity with Vowel Alternation Schwa to Short
Vowel Alternations Long, Short, and Schwa
Suffix -ion with Vowel Alternation and Spelling Change
Big Idea Words:
Critical Vocabulary Words
- irrigate: To irrigate crops is to supply them with water through a system of pipes, sprinklers, or streams. The farmer installed a new water pump to irrigate his fields.
- inspector: An inspector reviews or examines something carefully. The home inspector will arrive on Friday to be sure the new electrical system is working properly
- photographed: If someone or something was photographed, its photo was recorded on film or as a computer file. The reporter brought along a camera so that the speech could be photographed for the newspaper article.
- prestigious: Something prestigious is impressive and important. There is an impressive list of speakers for this year’s prestigious peace conference.
- auditorium: An auditorium is a large room where an audience gathers for a presentation or performance. The dance recital will be held in the auditorium, located behind the studio.
- impoverished: To be impoverished is to be poor. Many impoverished villages rely on outside donations to meet their medical needs.
- maneuver: To maneuver something is to move it. People who know how to sail successfully must spend many hours learning how to maneuver a boat
- specialized: If a company specialized in something, it provided a special type of product. My uncle became very successful after starting a company that specialized in auto racing parts.
- elite: Elite members of a group are those who are the best or most skilled. Elite athletes need to spend many hours training.
- objective: An objective is a goal. The objective of a football game is to score the most points by getting touchdowns or field goals.
- traditional: Something that is traditional has been made or done in the same way for a long time. Traditional telephones needed to stay plugged into the wall, but modern cell phones are mobile.
High Frequency Words: