Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis Bud, Not Buddy is a wonderful book about an orphan looking for a home. I loved the Michigan setting, After a horrible incident with a new foster family, Bud runs away to look for his father. He has a few mementos his mother left him, which he thinks are clues about showing who his father is. I love the surprise twist at the end of what became of Bud's family!