Bucking the Sarge

Bucking the Sarge

Christopher Paul Curtis / Oct 17, 2019

Bucking the Sarge Luther T Farrell has got to get out of Flint Michigan As his best friend Sparky says Flint s nothing but the Titanic And his mother a k a the Sarge says Take my advice and stay off the sucker pat

  • Title: Bucking the Sarge
  • Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
  • ISBN: 9781400090976
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Luther T Farrell has got to get out of Flint, Michigan.As his best friend Sparky says, Flint s nothing but the Titanic And his mother, a.k.a the Sarge, says, Take my advice and stay off the sucker path The Sarge milked the system to build an empire of slum housing and group homes Luther s just one of the many people trapped in the Sarge s Evil Empire but he s aboutLuther T Farrell has got to get out of Flint, Michigan.As his best friend Sparky says, Flint s nothing but the Titanic And his mother, a.k.a the Sarge, says, Take my advice and stay off the sucker path The Sarge milked the system to build an empire of slum housing and group homes Luther s just one of the many people trapped in the Sarge s Evil Empire but he s about to bust out.If Luther wins the science fair this year, he ll be on track for college and a future as America s best known and best loved philosopher All he s got to do is beat his arch rival Shayla Patrick, the beautiful daughter of Flint s finest undertaker and the love of Luther s life.Sparky s escape plans involve a pit bull named Poofy and the world s scariest rat Oh, and Luther Add to the mix Chester X Luther s mysterious roommate Dontay Gaddy, a lawyer whose phone number is 1 800 SUE M ALL and Darnell Dixon, the Sarge s go to guy who knows how to break all the rules.Bucking the Sarge is a story that only Christopher Paul Curtis could tell Once again the Newbery Award winning author of Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 gives us a whole new angle on life and a world full of unforgettable and hilarious characters Readers will root for Luther and Sparky every step of the way.Praise for The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 An exceptional first novel Publishers Weekly, Starred Ribald humor and a totally believable child s view of the world will make this book an instant hit School Library Journal, StarredPraise for Bud, Not Buddy Curtis has given a fresh, new look to a traditional orphan finds a home story that would be a crackerjack read aloud School Library Journal, StarredFrom the Hardcover edition.

    Bucking the Sarge Christopher Bucking the Sarge is a story that only Christopher Paul Curtis could tell Once again the Newbery Award winning author of Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham gives us a whole new angle on life and a world full of unforgettable and hilarious characters. Bucking the Sarge by Christopher Paul Curtis, Paperback Overview Oh, and Luther Add to the mix Chester X Luther s mysterious roommate Dontay Gaddy, a lawyer whose phone number is SUE M ALL and Darnell Dixon, the Sarge s go to guy who knows how to break all the rules Bucking the Sarge is a story that only Christopher Paul Curtis could tell. Bucking the Sarge by Christopher Paul Curtis Sep , Bucking the Sarge Luther T Farrell has got to get out of Flint, Michigan The Sarge milked the system to build an empire of slum housing and group homes Luther s just one of the many people trapped in the Sarge s Evil Empire but he s about Luther T Farrell has got to Bucking the Sarge Summary eNotes Summary At the age of fifteen, Luther T Farrell helps his mother, known as Sarge, run a real estate empire in the ghetto of Flint, Michigan His father is dead, and Luther has been raised by his mother, who left teaching to take a lucrative job on the Buick assembly line in Flint She has since branched out into shady business operations, Bucking the Sarge Teenreads Bucking the Sarge by Christopher Paul Curtis Luther T Farrell, philosopher and scientist, has a lot going for him in matters of the mind, but not so much when it comes to women. Bucking the Sarge Book Review Common Sense Media Parents need to know that Bucking the Sarge by Newbery and Coretta Scott King honored author Chris Curtis The Watsons Go to Birmingham is about year old Luther running up against his shady mom Even in the face of an intimidating criminal parent and her hired goon who uses him as a virtual slave, Luther, behaves as nobly as he can, though he indulges in retribution at the end. Bucking the Sarge Christopher Paul Curtis Bucking the Sarge is a story that only Christopher Paul Curtis could tell Once again the Newbery Award winning author of Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham gives us a whole new angle on life and a world full of unforgettable and hilarious characters. Bucking the Sarge by Christopher Paul Curtis Bucking the Sarge pLuther T Farrell has got to get out of Flint, Michigan ppAs his best friend Sparky says, quot Flint s nothing but the Titanic.quot And his mother, a.k.a the Sarge, says, quot Take my advice and stay off the sucker path.quot ppThe Sarge milked the system to build an empire of slum housing and group homes. Bucking The Sarge by by Christopher Paul Curtis Summary Book Summary Bucking the Sarge is a story that only Christopher Paul Curtis could tell Once again the Newbery Award winning author of Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham gives us a whole new angle on life and a world full of unforgettable and hilarious characters Readers will root for Luther and Sparky every step of the way. Bucking the Sarge Audible Audio Edition Bucking the Sarge is a story that only Christopher Paul Curtis could tell Once again the Newbery Award winning author of Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham gives us a whole new angle on life and a world full of unforgettable and hilarious characters.

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      • Christopher Paul Curtis

        Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan on May 10, 1953 to Dr Herman Elmer Curtis, a chiropodist, and Leslie Jane Curtis, an educator The city of Flint plays an important role in many of Curtis s books One such example is Bucking the Sarge, which is about a fifteen year old boy named Luther T Ferrel, who is in a running battle with his slum lord mother Curtis is an alumnus of the University of Michigan Flint.Curtis is the father of two children, Steven, an ensign in the United States Navy, and Cydney, a college student and accomplished pianist His third child is expected to make an appearance in 2011 Christopher modeled characters in Bud, Not Buddy after his two grandfathers Earl Lefty Lewis, a Negro league baseball pitcher, and 1930s bandleader Herman E Curtis, Sr of Herman Curtis and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression.Curtis moved to Detroit, Michigan in January, 2009


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    1. I listened to the audiobook, which is narrated by Michael Boatman from Spin City. Fabulous job with the narration!I loved, loved, loved the voice of Luther in this book. Funny, honest, and unique. He quotes philosophers inaccurately and without credit. Some of the quotes will go over the heads of many readers, but that doesn't make the book any less enjoyable. As much as I liked the book, I don't quite understand one of the most important relationships: Luther and his mother, the Sarge. I never [...]


    2. As always, Christopher Paul Curtis makes me laugh, but this book is darker and for an older audience than Bud Not Buddy. Luther's mom is, not to put too fine a point on it, a slum lord. Although she has arguments for *why* she's a slum lord, most of the movement of this book involves Luther's inner struggle to distance himself from his mother - hopefully without getting beaten up by her rent-a-thug - and make amends for some of the things she's done. Luther is occasionally dim, but it's his pal [...]


    3. Luther T. Farrell is a 15-year-old boy living in Flint, Michigan, employed by his mother to run one of her group homes and clean out her run-down rental houses after her tenants are evicted. He is learning all the tricks of her trade, but he doesn’t like it. From her point of view, she is taking care of him and herself, and getting some of what’s due. The more you know of her the more horrified you become.The book is so well written it is a joy to read, even as it frightens and saddens me. T [...]


    4. Luther has a few goals in life. 1) To become a world-famous philosopher, 2) to be wealthy, and 3) to win first place in his school science fair three years in a row. He knows he's on his way to 1 and 2, but 3 will take some work. It's hard to find time to work on his project when he's always busy doing chores for the Sarge. The Sarge is Luther's mom and she's always got something for him to do. Heck, she got him his driver's license at age 15 so he could help out with the family business. Luther [...]


    5. 16 May 2004 BUCKING THE SARGE by Christopher Paul Curtis, Random House/Wendy Lamb Books, September 2004, ISBN: 0-385-32307-7; ISBN Library: 0-385-0159-3The nation's fifth and sixth grade teachers will return to school in September just in time to discover that Christopher Paul Curtis has forsaken them. BUCKING THE SARGE is not a book that they will be reading aloud to their students in the same way that thousands of them have been reading THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM, 1963 and BUD NOT BUDDY.But [...]


    6. Luther had me laughing throughout this whole book. Sarge, BKA his mother and her no-good boyfriend Darnell were the slimiest of the slime. I really can't say much without spoiling the book so I will just say read it!


    7. Luther T. Farrell is a tall (6’ 4”), awkward ninth grader, living in Flint, Michigan, who has already taken on a lot of adult responsibilities. His mother (the ‘Sarge’) has him running her adult care facility, driving (even though he’s only 15), and helping her property manager (she also owns a number of houses, slums, actually, that she rents to lower income families). Despite all of the work he’s doing for his mom, Luther still manages to keep his grades up, win the science fair (2 [...]


    8. Quite funny! I laughed out loud a few times! This book was a quick read. The main character, Luther T. Farrell was likable and relatable. He had a great voice - I admired his maturity and cleverness. I This story would be great for a middle/high school student to read on their own (or adult even).


    9. Rating : **** This book deals with complex issues in a humorous and thoughtful way. Christopher Paul Curtis is great at writing memorable characters that have great depth. Plot Summary: Luther T. Farrell is a fifteen year old boy who is very mature for his age. He runs one of his mother’s (AKA the Sarge) group homes for men, lives there without his mother, and has been driving since he was thirteen. All Luther T. Farrell wants is to win the school science fair for the third time. But his mothe [...]


    10. I listened to this one on CD while my best friend and I were working on various projects. This was one of those "saw it on the shelf, and it looked promising" choices. I had read "Bud, Not Buddy," and "Elijah of Buxton," and had enjoyed those. This, too, was entertaining, although it should be noted that while the previous two books are more for older grade school, this one is more of a Young Adult book. Issues of sex and sexuality are discussed, and the protagonist's mother and her stooges are [...]


    11. I gotta say - I loved this book! I was cheering for my main man Luther the whole time! He's a smart, kind, responsible 14-year-old kid from Flint, Michigan, who is helplessly bound up in his mother's (aka The Sarge's) shady business dealings. She's basically a professional nickle-and-dimerd Luther goes along with itbut finds ways to maintain some sort of moral standards. He and his friend Sparky are looking for a way out: Luther wants a way out of his mother's control, and Sparky wants a way out [...]


    12. Luther's mother, "the Sarge," is a ruthless slumlord who values money above all else. While still in Middle School, Luther manages a halfway house and drives with an illegal license. The Sarge doesn't pay him, but puts his earnings into a college fund that he's never seen. Luther wants to win the school science fair for the third year in a row. He fancies himself a philosopher, and loves to quote Aristotle and Socrates. When Luther finds out how low the Sarge really is, he hatches a plan for rev [...]


    13. An inspiring teen novel about Luther, the son of "Sarge" a street smart and ambitious woman intent on getting ahead with the assistance of Luther's hard work, drive, ability and devotion to the people he cares for in the group home she runs and the slum dwellings she fixes up for rent or sale. Interesting that it has to do with the hazards of lead based paint in Flint, Michigan which now has even more serious lead issues.


    14. This book was about a guy who would take care of older men and his boss was the sarge. The Sarge would always pay them but if they did something wrong instead of paying them she would torcher them. The thing that I like about this book is that this book wasn't much about violince but it had a lot of lessons in it. I would recommend this book to all the people who like books with long chapters.



    15. The book, “Bucking the Sarge,” by Christopher Paul Curtis, is a nonfictional book about a 15-year-old boy, named Luther T. Farrell, whose life consists of daily everyday adult like activities and a few moments of philosophical growth. The book itself, makes you feel as if you’re with Luther every step of the way. It’s a first-person point of view and fantastic all around book that should be taken into consideration to read. The book is set in a town called Flint where nothing much happen [...]


    16. Bucking the Sarge. A boy named Luther T. Farrell helps his mom take care of people with different types of disabilities or bad habits. His mother raised him up alone because his dad died. She is raising him so once he is old enough he can run the shelter but he does not want to do that.Luther wants to study and go to a high end school. His mother disagrees with his idea. he tends to try anything he can but he is scared to get on his moms bed side because he knows she will hurt him and not care a [...]


    17. Like other reviewers, I loved the voice and humor. I liked seeing a young teen being responsible to adults. But the ending irked me. It wasn’t believable that Luther would not have connected his science project with his Mom. It’s like Curtis backed down at the end and didn’t want him to buck the sarge offensively, only defensively.


    18. This story has confirmed that I really love the writing of Christopher Paul Curtis and wishes that he put out more content. But, I'm happy with what I have so far. A little dated in some areas, but a great story that shines through.


    19. Curtis is black and very funny, but this is full of black people who are loan sharks, con men, and shady lawyers, including the main character's mother. If it were written by a white dude, I would say it was full of unflattering stereotypes. Flint is the author's hometown, so I'm sure he knows his stuff, but do black boys really get excited about owning a designer suit? Hard to imagine. It starts with an old condom carried around by a 15-year-old who fears he will never get to use it. If there i [...]


    20. Christopher Paul Curtis continually amazes me. He can tell a story so wild and crazy that the entire idea behind it seems totally outlandish and absurd, completely unbelievable, yet he is so skillful at finding ways to ground his characters in the bedrock of reality that, ultimately, the story doesn't feel all that far-fetched after all. There is no one like Christopher Paul Curtis. At age fourteen, Luther finds himself in the unpaid (practically speaking, at least) employment of his mother, who [...]


    21. It’s hard growing up in Flint, Michigan and even harder when your ambition is to be America’s most successful and wealthy philosopher. “Doing the right thing is like that, you get a strong feeling of relief, sort of like a giant rock has been lifted off your back. Or like the dump you take the day after you eat the ten-taco special from Los Aztecos.” Yet fourteen year-old-Luther T. Farrell has dreams and ambitions, and nothing, not even his mother, the Sarge, can stop him.I kept laughing [...]


    22. Audiobooks are amazing---but usually when I read them it is solely for the dramatic, the sad, the creepy moments that amazing narrators bring to life. I can rarely recall an audiobook narrator that had me smiling and continuously laughing from dialogue and situations the character would experience. It was an almost a feel good book---almost. This book covers a multitude of middle school issues from coming of age to understanding an impoverish society. It presents two solid viewpoints: Luther and [...]


    23. Bucking the Sarge is the book that recently gave me such euphoric satisfaction. No exxageration with that. Remember the book? It's one of those cheap books I bought beside the City Hall. Can't believe one of them was such a literary treasure.So what's Bucking the Sarge all about? It's a story of plotting your plans for running away from the town you hated most. And meet its heroLuther T. Farellwhose name's always mispronounced as Loser T. Farell. Laughs.What made the book so funny is the fact th [...]


    24. Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bucking the Sarge. 2004. 259 pp. $6.99. Wendy Lamb. 385-32307-7. Ages 13 & Up. Luther T. Farrell is different from a lot of teens in Flint, Michigan. For starters, he is working on his third first place medal in the High School science fair, hoping to beat his crush Shayla yet again. He also has a drivers license that says he’s eighteen, and he gets to drive and $80,000 van. But the biggest difference in Luther T. Farrell’s life is his mother, or the Sarge, who [...]


    25. I finished reading the book Bucking The Sarge a book with a Lexile range of 1000 by Christopher Paul Curtis, a Newbery Award winner. This is a story about a colored teenager with a very strict mother. In the beginning of the book he looses all the money in his wallet and works for his mom at an adult rehabilitation center. Luther must win the science fair to get out of Flint,Michigan and become the world's best known philosopher. He will need help from his friend Sparky and many more.It takes pl [...]


    26. Luther T. Farrell is in the 8th grade in Flint, Mchigan and divides his time between being an excellent student at school, he won the Science Fair 2 years in a row and is working on the 3rd year - and working for his Mom, who he calls Sarge.Sarge owns and rents quite a bit of real-estate in Flint, runs a group home, where Luther lives and takes care of the sick men - Luther calls them the Crew, and loans people money - some say she is a loan shark.Luther's best friend, Sparky, envy's Luther beca [...]


    27. In this ALA Best Book for YA winner of 2005, Christopher Paul Curtis once again provides the reader with a very likable host of characters. Curtis' trademark is to portray serious subjects with poignant humor, and this book follows that standard.Unlike his other books, Curtis does not delve into historical content. In this modern day story Luther T. Farrell has some problems. First and foremost his mother, nicknamed by him as "The Sarge" is an angry, mean spirited greedy woman. Her tough as nail [...]


    28. This YA pick was another "Blind Date With a Book" from the library, and it definitely wasn't my cup of tea. I was actually all set to give it 2 stars right up until the end, because even though I found the characters believable, I just wasn't feeling the story for the first 200-ish pages (out of about 260). The last ~50 pages redeem the story significantly and were rather enjoyable, but it felt kind of rushed and incomplete (I would have liked another 20-30 pages that explored the outcome of Lut [...]


    29. 9-12 grade audio- Fifteen-year-old wannabe philosopher Luther T. Farrell knows a few things about life. He knows the Sarge (his rich, shrewd, slumlord mom) is tougher than nails and that he better not cross her. He knows his chances of using Chauncey, the ancient condom in his wallet, are slim to none. And, he knows that despite his goal to attend Harvard, he may end up stuck in Flint, Michigan, cleaning toilets in his mom's loathsome empire. Luther spends much of his time helping the Sarge run [...]


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