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Without quite meaning to, both Bud and Ben end up having some crazy adventures! Within lives of monotony and routine, they experience the unordinary. Who ever heard about a ten-year-old who already wrote three books? Or a six-year-old living with a badger for months? Hang on for this wild ride, as we join Bud to find his father, and look high and low for where Ben could be.


  • Day and Time: Thursdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
  • Class Duration: 4 Weeks
  • Dates: September 19, 2024 - October 10, 2024
  • Recommended for: Ages 11+ / Grades 6-7
  • Teacher: TTK Faculty
  • Required materials: 
    • Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis

    • Incident at Hawk's Hill, by Allan W. Eckert


Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis
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.


Incident at Hawk’s Hill, by Allan W. Eckert
Six-year-old Ben is very small for his age and gets along better with animals than people. One June day in 1870, Ben wanders away from his home on Hawk's Hill and disappears into the waving prairie grass. This is the story of how a shy, lonely boy survives for months in the wild and forges a bond with a female badger.

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