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Christopher Paul Curtis. Author Research: Compiled by Scholastic Publishing. New York Times. Researchers Needed!!

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christopher paul curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis

Author Research:

Compiled by Scholastic Publishing

new york times
New York Times

Researchers Needed!!

September 2014 marks the 15 year anniversary of the original publication of Christopher Paul Curtis’s Bud, Not Buddy. In celebration of the novels continuous success over the years, Scholastic Publishing Company has decided to release a special edition of the award winning novel. The new release will include interviews with the author, an essay about why Bud’s story is still relevant to today’s readers, and a new “Introduction.” Mr. Curtis would have liked to contribute to the anniversary edition himself, but his schedule is full promoting his new novel, The Mighty Miss Malone. The release is a couple of years away, but Scholastic has several upcoming projects and would like to have the new materials ready for publication as soon as possible. They have already hired a writer for the introduction, but researchers are needed to help gather information.


After reviewing several applications, Scholastic has decided that you are the most qualified candidate for the research position. Many people applied for the job, but after reviewing your resume Scholastic said there was really no competition.

the task
The Task

Scholastic has several staff writers in mind to pen the new release's “Introduction” but they need your research skills to gather the information. Using the websites provided, you will complete a graphic organizer for the writer to use as the basis for their “Introduction.” You will not be writing the actual introduction.

research topic
Research Topic

Bud, Not Buddy is a contemporary novel, but it takes place in a not so contemporary time. With this in mind Scholastic has decided to address how and why a modern writer would place a novel in the past. The new edition will also focus on the author's history and his previous works of literature. Scholastic board members have decided the following topics will need to be researched:

  • Author’s History and Background
  • Author’s Previous Works
  • Author’s Process for Writing Historical Fiction
completing the research
Completing the Research

In order to speed the new “Introduction” to press, Scholastic has already searched through the multitude of information on the World Wide Web and located the information they need. Your job is simply to complete the research form so that staff writers will have everything they need to create the “Introduction.” This following slides contain links to all of the information you will need.

the links
The Links

The following links are categorized by research topic. However, some sites may contain information that is relevant to more than one topic. All categories will have a sufficient amount of links for the information needed, but feel free to pull facts from all of the sources given to you.

author s history and background
Author’s History and Background
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author s previous works
Author’s Previous Works
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author s process for historical fiction
Author’s Process for Historical Fiction
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the finishing touches
The Finishing Touches

Make sure that you have completely filled out your recording sheet and that all areas of research have been fully explored. Remember that some sites are useful for more topics than the one they are recommended for.

a job well done
A Job Well Done!

Scholastic would like to thank you for all of your hard work! This project would not have been possible without the excellent assistance of this research team. We look forward to working with you in the future!