Frindle

by

Andrew Clements

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Bud Lawrence Character Analysis

A local businessman in Westfield. At the age of 19, Bud began buying fast-food restaurants in Westfield and before long became the richest man in town. He's always on the lookout for a new investment, and when he reads the "frindle" article in the paper, he knows it'll be a big money-maker. Bud promptly begins printing "frindle" on pens and selling them, and when CBS airs the "frindle" story on national news, he begins getting orders for shirts and other merchandise. However, when Bud's lawyer points out that they need to buy the rights to use "frindle" from the Allen family, Bud truly shows that he's a shrewd businessman. When he recognizes that the overwhelmed Mr. Allen just wants to make all the attention stop, Bud offers him a deal that will give Nick 30 percent of royalties and make it so the Allen family doesn't have to actively manage anything.
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Bud Lawrence Character Timeline in Frindle

The timeline below shows where the character Bud Lawrence appears in Frindle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12: Airwaves
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Bud Lawrence, one of Westfield's most successful businessmen, also thinks that the new word is fantastic.... (full context)
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...nearly everyone in the U.S. hears about "frindle" and kids start using it en masse. Bud is elated when he begins getting orders for frindle-branded items. (full context)
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Bud's lawyer, however, tells Bud that there will be complications since Nick Allen actually made up... (full context)
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Bud compliments Mr. Allen on Nick's ingenuity and sees his opportunity when Mr. Allen admits that... (full context)
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...think about it before he signs the contract and the trademark papers. Before he leaves, Bud hands Mr. Allen a check for $2,250—Nick's cut of the proceeds from "frindle" sales in... (full context)
Chapter 13: Ripples
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...kids try to use the word while their teachers and parents try to stop them. Bud Lawrence sells shirts, sunglasses, erasers, and notebooks. He deposits bigger and bigger checks into Nick's... (full context)