It's 1936 in Flint, Michigan, and 10-year-old Bud (not Buddy) Caldwell is on the run. Armed only with his suitcase and an old flyer advertising Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusty Devastators of the Depression, Bud is determined to find a father who disappeared around the time that he was born. Novel by Christopher Paul Curtis. Reproducible chapter questions, plus comprehension questions, a story summary, author biography, creative and cross curricular activities, complete with answer key. 64 pages.