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She is a young girl who teaches Bud how to do dishes in the cardboard jungle known as Hooverville. She gives him very wise advice about how to remember his mother and even gives him his first kiss, telling him she’ll see him seven years just like the characters in the song “Shenandoah.”
This is the very kind black man who picks Bud up along the road to Grand Rapids. He takes him to his daughter’s home where he is fed and given clean clothes. He is a kind of courier who brings blood needed at hospitals and sneaks in union flyers to illegal organizations. He shows Bud basic kindness and compassion, two emotions he has felt little of in his life.
Miss Grace Thomas
She is the “vocal stylist” of Herman Calloway’s band. She knew and loved Bud’s mother and even before she knows Bud’s relationship to Mr. Calloway, she offers him a motherly love and comfort. Bud thinks she is very beautiful and the music that comes out of her mouth is something so special that he is dazed by it. She believes that Bud is a godsend.
Steady Eddie, The Thug, Dirty Deed, Doo-Doo Bug and Mr. Jimmy
These are the band members who tease Bud unmercifully, but also show him how to be a good and loving person. They buy him his own saxophone and give him a name in a secret ceremony that makes him one of them.
He is one of the boys at the Home who was nicknamed Bugs, because he got a cockroach stuck in his ear. He claimed that he could hear the cockroach screaming as they pulled its legs off with the tweezers. He finds Bud and after swearing to be brothers, the two decide to ride the rails to Chicago. Unfortunately, fate intervenes and Bud is unable to get on the train and he loses track of Bugs.
Mrs. Sleet, Scott, and Kim
These are Lefty Lewis’ daughter and her children. She gives Bud a place to sleep and food to eat and shows him what a real family can be like.
She was a librarian at the Flint Public Library BudNotBuddy01BudNotBuddy01who had befriended Bud when his mother was still alive. When he runs away, he thinks of her first as someone who can help him. Unfortunately, she has gotten married and moved to Chicago.
The man with the mouth organ
He is the first one Bud speaks to in Hooverville. He gives him information about what draws people to this little cardboard jungle and when the train will leave the next day.
He is the little boy who is being taken to a new foster home the same day Bud is being taken to the Amos home. He is only six and very afraid, but Bud, in spite of his own nervousness, takes the time to comfort the boy and explain why he will be going to good place. Jerry reminds Bud of himself when he was six and his mother died.
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