Bud, the main character of this novel, has obvious pitfalls which have made his life quite difficult. Explain in writing, including supporting details from the novel, why the reader is able to relate to Bud and even admire him for these pitfalls. Do you admire Bud? Why or why not?
Describe in writing how the picture on the front cover of the novel provides forewarning that the main character pictured there will be a strong character. Do you agree that Bud is a strong character? Why or why not?
In what ways does Bud model the behavior of a well-seasoned adult? In what ways does Bud act his age? Why do you believe Bud can act both as an adult and as a child?
Why do you believe Bud was so attached to the suitcase? Do you believe this was a natural or unnatural attachment? Why?
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