Based on the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award winning novel
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Adapted by Reginald André Jackson | Directed by Scot Copeland
Bud's momma never told him who his father was, but leaves a clue leading him to a roadhouse band, the Dusky Devastators! This comic 'Oliver Twist' story follows Bud "not Buddy" Caldwell as he solves this jazz-era mystery set in the Midwest, guided by his self-written, hilarious Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself. He escapes a monster-infested woodshed, hitches a ride in a supposed vampire’s car and catches up with the Dusky Devastators. As the band takes Bud under their wing, he finds a new family - one that’s different than he ever expected.
65 Minutes - approximate length
THE COTERIE SHINES | Elementary, Family Series
Issues & Themes Great Depression era; race relations; growing up; risk-taking; values
Curriculum Ties Social Studies (Eras and events, U.S. History and historical thinking, cultural influences, Civics/Government); Geography; Communication Arts/Reading (fiction/poetry/word play.
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