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New York : Delacorte Press, c1999.
viii, 245 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
Newbery Medal award, 2000 ; Coretta Scott King award, 2000.