The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963

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Random House Children's Books, 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
34 Reviews
A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird  Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Kenny's  13-year-old brother, 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 happen to  be in Birmingham when Grandma's church is blown  up.

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Review: The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963

User Review  - Elena - Goodreads

I loved how Curtis captured the family dynamics, especially the sibling relationships. The historical setting worked well, including the kid's perspective of the Birmingham bombing, though that wasn't ... Read full review

Review: The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

User Review  - Kyla Sheets - Goodreads

The Watsons Go to Birmingham- 1963 was Christopher Paul Curtis' first novel. He is an African American author that has earned Newbery Honors, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Golden Kite Award ... Read full review

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Christopher Paul Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan, and grew up there. Bud, Not Buddy, his second novel, winner of the 2000 Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award, is available in a Delacorte hardcover edition.