Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Ten year old Bud doesn’t have a lot going for him. He’s lost his mother, doesn’t know who is father is, and keeps getting sent back to the orphanage from terrible foster homes. After one particularly nasty family is ready to ship him back after just one night, Bud decides he might be better on his own. As he works his way around Flint Michigan during the height of the Great Depression, he has an epiphany: the musician his mother collected flyers for must be his father! But even with a destination in mind, Bud faces countless setbacks.
Bud is an admirable character who perseveres through countless hardships and is able to maintain a positive attitude. Despite the heartbreaking situation, this book is full of humor and hope. Highly recommended for all readers, particularly those who like stories about characters who overcome adversity and/or are interested in the Great Depression, especially the effect it had on the already oppressed African American community.