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The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963

by Curtis, Christopher Paul,

Format: Print Book 2013
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Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about a hilarious family on a road-trip at one of the most important times in America's history. This special edition makes a perfect gift and includes bonus content!

Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who's thirteen and an "official juvenile delinquent."

When Byron gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they'll be in Birmingham during one of the darkest moments in America's history.

"Every so often a book becomes a modern classic almost as soon as it arrives on bookshelves. That happened in the mid-'90s when Christopher Paul Curtis released his first book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963." -- NPR

"One of the best novels EVER." -- Jacqueline Woodson , Newbery Honor and National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 4^-8. In a voice that's both smart and naive, strong and scared, fourth-grader Kenny Watson tells about his African American family in Flint, Michigan, in 1963. We get to know his strict, loving parents and his tough older brother, who gets into so much trouble his parents decide to take him back "home" to Birmingham, Alabama, where maybe his strong grandmother will teach him some sense. Several of the family stories are a bit self-conscious (we keep being told we're going to laugh as Dad puts on a show and acts the fool), but the relationships aren't idealized. Racism and the civil rights movement are like a soft rumble in the background, especially as the Watsons drive south. Then Kenny's cute little sister is in a Birmingham church when a bomb goes off. She escapes (Curtis doesn't exploit the horror), but we're with Kenny as he dreads that she's part of the rubble. In this compelling first novel, form and content are one: in the last few chapters, the affectionate situation comedy is suddenly transformed, and we see how racist terror can invade the shelter of home. --Hazel Rochman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A 1996 Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor book, this comic tale, narrated by a 10-year-old boy, describes an eccentric family's unwitting trip South to visit Grandma‘during one of the stormiest times of the Civil Rights movement. PW's boxed, starred review called it "an exceptional first novel." Ages 10-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Juvenile fiction.
Prejudices -- Juvenile fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Prejudices -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Flint (Mich.) -- Juvenile fiction.
Birmingham (Ala.) -- Juvenile fiction.
Flint (Mich.) -- Fiction.
Birmingham (Ala.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Yearling, an imprint of Random House Children's Books,2013
Contributors Hallmark Channel (Television network)
Audience 4.5.
Language English
Notes "Now a Hallmark Channel original movie"--Cover.
Awards Newbery Honor Book, 1996
Coretta Scott King Honor Book, author, 1996
American Library Association Notable Children's Book, 1996
Description 210 pages, [16] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 20 cm
ISBN 9780385382946 (paperback)
0385382944 (paperback)
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