Moses, Sheila: The Legend of Buddy Bush.
Moses, Sheila THE LEGEND OF BUDDY BUSH. ISBN 0-6898-5839-6. New
York: Simon and Schuster, 2004. 224 pp. $15.95. The Legend of Buddy Bush
plays with your emotions. One minute you're seething with anger at
the way blacks were treated; the next, you're laughing at the
stories Uncle Buddy tells his niece Pattie Mae. Pattie Mae, a
12-year-old girl, is the narrator of this story. She shares the
experiences of her uncle, whose character is based on a combination of a
historical character and the author's family stories. The first
three-quarters of the book were a bit slow for this reviewer; however,
towards the end, Buddy Bush's escape and subsequent wild goose
chase become quite exciting. By the end of the book, you're likely
to grow very fond of the characters, including Pattie Mae's
grandfather. This book helped me to understand how African Americans
living in Canada have been treated and what they have had to overcome.
Ages 12 up. Reviewed by Adora Nwakwesi, age 14, Toronto, ON