Travels with Bud "It's funny how ideas are," muses...

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January 11, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

Travels with Bud

"It's funny how ideas are," muses 10-year-old Bud (not Buddy) Caldwell, an orphan growing up in 1930s Michigan. "In a lot of ways they're just like seeds. Both of them start real, real small and then ... before you can say Jack Robinson, they've gone and grown a lot bigger than you ever thought they could." And the idea germinating in Bud's mind is on its way to being out of control.

Bud Caldwell, the main character in Christopher Paul Curtis' Newbery Award-winning book "Bud, Not Buddy," has never met his father, and his mother died when he was 6, relegating him to a life with greedy, abusive foster parents.

Bud has had enough and decides to hit the road in search of his father, whom he thinks is bass-playing musician Herman E. Calloway of the Dusky Devastators band. All sorts of adventures - including run-ins with monsters, vampires and girls - await Bud as he travels the country in search of the band's next gig.

The Elkridge Branch Library invites kids 10 to 13 and their parents to read the book and meet Tuesday to discuss their impressions at its Elks parent-child book club. 7 p.m., 6540 Washington Blvd., 410-313-5085.

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