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The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963

Curtis, Christopher Paul (Book - 1995)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
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The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
Authors: Curtis, Christopher Paul
Title: The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 1995
Characteristics: 210 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: a novel by Christopher Paul Curtis
Summary: The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
Awards & Distinctions: Newbery Honor Book, 1996
Coretta Scott King Honor, author, 1996; American Library Association Notable Children's Book 1996
ISBN: 0385321759
9780385321754
Branch Call Number: j CURTIS
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.0 8.0 11552 - No Quiz Available
Subject Headings: African Americans Juvenile fiction Families Juvenile fiction Prejudices Juvenile fiction Brothers and sisters Juvenile fiction Flint (Mich.) Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: African Americans
Families
Prejudices
Brothers and sisters
LCCN: 95007091
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The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

The outrageous actions and everyday hijinks of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they visit Alabama in the summer of 1963.

Historical fiction about a zany Black family that takes a trip to the South in 1963. Christopher Paul Curtis is hilarious. See Mr. Chickee's Funny Money if you like the Watsons.


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Curtis does a wonderful job of touching upon serious issues, such as surviving an older brother, being picked on at school, and experiencing racism while entertaining the reader with his great sense of humor. I laughed out loud several times.Great combination of humor and exposure to an important part of American history.

Jul 16, 2014
  • Demigod4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tots hilarious

Mar 15, 2014
  • obaidurrahman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Read with my class really good book

I really liked this book when I read it but was confused about what happened after one of the kids starts to drowned and then sees his sister under water

Oct 05, 2013
  • MissNatalie_ rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Weird Watsons star in this story of family and racial upheaval. The Watsons are like any other family in 1963 America. Byron, Joetta, and Kenny (our narrator) live in Flint, Michigan with their parents. The first half of the book paints them perfectly-from the middle child, Kenny, to the "juvenile delinquent", Byron. And after a series of behavior missteps by the eldest Watson, they embark on a trip South to visit Grandma Sands.
The Watson's Go to Birmingham is the perfect introduction to the Civil Rights era for children.

Nov 15, 2012
  • lakevilla_IDOL rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The Watsons Go To Burmingham is a realistic fiction book with a very interesting story line. It's about an African American family that goes through hardships in Michigan. Once the Watsons' visit Grandma in Alabama, they see just how easy they have it in Michigan. This novel has a surprise ending that features the bond of siblings through tough times.

Jul 29, 2012
  • maddy3999 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i love this book alot! ;)

Jul 25, 2012
  • kyle64star rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book is so good i love it just great love it!!!

Jun 18, 2012
  • t_natrix rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite books!

Oct 02, 2007
  • mcasey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A trip to Birmingham in 1960 is an eye opener for the children of this family. The children are endearing and hilarious.

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"Kenny's family is known in Flint, Michigan, as the Watsons, for lots of good reasons. Younger sister Joetta has been led to believe she has to be overdressed in the winter because Southern folks (their mother is from Alabama) freeze solid and have to be picked up by the city garbage trucks. Kenny, the narrator, does well in school and tries to meet his hardworking parents' expectations. Since the story is set in 1963, the family must make careful preparations for their trip, for they count on food or housing being available on the road once they cross into the South. the slow suspence of life has a beneficial effect on all of the children until the fateful day when a local church is bombed and Kenny runs in to look for his sister." (Novelist Review)

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Sep 23, 2013
  • mariednguyen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Other: Release date September 20, 2013 (USA)

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Jul 25, 2012
  • kyle64star rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

then suddenly i cound see that there was someone else in the water and wool pooh was pulling me right toward them.

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