The Legend of Buddy Bush
By Shelia P. Moses
(Margaret K. McElderry Books, Hardcover, 9780689858390, 224pp.)
Publication Date: December 30, 2003
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The day Uncle Goodwin "Buddy" Bush came from Harlem all the way back home to Rehobeth Road in Rich Square, North Carolina, is the day Pattie Mae Sheals' life changes forever.
Pattie Mae adores and admires Uncle Buddy -- he's tall and handsome and he doesn't believe in the country stuff most people believe in, like ghosts and stepping off the sidewalk to let white folks pass. He unsettles the dust and brings fresh ideas to Rehobeth Road. But when Buddy's deliberate inattention to the protocol of 1947 North Carolina lands him in jail for a crime against a white woman that he didn't commit, Pattie Mae and her family are suddenly set to journeying on the long, hard road that leads from loss and rage to forgiveness and pride.
Shelia P. Moses tells a moving and lyrical story in The Legend of Buddy Bush that introduces the remarkable and memorable character of Pattie Mae Sheals -- a girl whose sense of humor, ability to get into "grown folks business," and determination to know the truth will endear her to readers everywhere.
Poet, author, playwright, and producer Shelia P. Moses was raised the ninth of ten children on Rehobeth Road in Rich Square, North Carolina. She is the co-author of Dick Gregory's memoir, Callus on My Soul, as well as the award-winning author of several books for young readers: The Legend of Buddy Bush; The Return of Buddy Bush; I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott; and The Baptism. Shelia lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Morgan Freeman, actor
The Legend of Buddy Bush is wonderfully engaging.
Angela Johnson author of Heaven, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award Moses captures the hard emotions of one memorable summer that resonates with family love, humor, unbridled prejudice, and loss.
Dick Gregory, activist, comedian, actor No one has written a story like this since Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer!
Sheila Frazier Black Entertainment Television The Legend of Buddy Bush is a must read. I could smell the dirt as I read this wonderful novel.