While humor abounds as Bud sets out to find his father during the Great Depression in the Newbery Award–winner Bud, Not Buddy, there are also plenty of historical details for young readers to unpack. This selection from the Nonfiction Companions series (6 titles) helps students understand key terms, events, and influences on the setting, time period, and plot. The descriptive text begins with a short overview of the novel’s author, Christopher Paul Curtis, his inspiration for Bud, and how his hometown of Flint, Michigan, became the novel’s setting. Successive chapters focus on historical elements in the novel, from soup kitchens, Hoovervilles, and the KKK to labor unions, Pullman porters, and jazz. Additionally, the book includes many period photographs, discussion questions, reading activities, and writing prompts. An enriching supplement to the classic.