Ten-year-old Bud Caldwell is an orphan growing up in Michigan in the 1930s. But he yearns to find his long-lost father. Come along as he sets off on a search for a famous jazz musician who he believes is his father, dispensing advice and showing plenty of pluck along the way. Winner of the 2000 Newbery Medal.
Despite the intrinsic challenges of the Depression-era setting, author Curtis shows that hope can save the day.