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The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 [Paperback]

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Item description for The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis...

When his parents decide to visit Grandma, ten-year-old Kenny and his siblings journey from Flint, Michigan to Alabama during a dark period of American history

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The Newbery Honor-winning American classic, "The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963, " celebrates 20 years with this anniversary edition featuring a special letter from Christopher Paul Curtis and an introduction by noted educator Dr. Pauletta Bracy.
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 Momma and Dad decide it's time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra-Glide, and the Watsons set out on a trip like no other. They're heading South to Birmingham, Alabama, toward one of the darkest moments in America's history. This book is now a Hallmark Channel Original Movie, available on DVD.

Awards and Recognitions
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Coretta Scott King Award - 1996 Honor Book - Author category
  • Newbery Medal - 1996 Honor Book - Children's category

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 984
  • Booklist - 02/15/1998 page 999
  • Booklist - 06/01/2000 page 1875
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 454
  • Publishers Weekly - 10/27/1997
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 595
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 656
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 814

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Yearling
Pages   210
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 8, 1997
Publisher   Yearling
Age  9-15
ISBN  0440414121  
ISBN13  9780440414124  

Availability  269 units.
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More About Christopher Paul Curtis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Christopher Paul Curtis grew up in Flint, Michigan. He and his wife, Kay, have two children and live in Ontario, Canada.

Christopher Paul Curtis currently resides in Windsor, Ontario.

Christopher Paul Curtis has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Readers Circle (Laurel-Leaf)

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963?

Pretty Good!  Mar 20, 2007
This is a very warm, youthful portrayal of an African American family and their experiences in Flint, Michiga and Birmingham, Alamaba. The book is jovial and centering on the theme of youthfulness, it also has some corny humor. It indirectly touches on racisim. This may be a good book to introduce young children to some of the social and moral issues pertaining to racism. Getting involved in the story naturally leads one to thoughts on racism, though rather indirectly.
One of the best books about African Americans. Deserves 5 stars  Mar 20, 2007
This chapter book is certainly a funny genre of African American literature.
This Newbery Honor Book is about a black family called the Watsons (a.k.a "Weird Watsons." Gets funny at the first chapter, such as Kenny's brother's lips are stuck on the car's mirror.

It is Antarctica in Flint, Michigans, so when the Watsons gets an Ultra-Glide, they go south to a warmer U.S.A city, Birmingham, Alabama.
Trip's cool. But also pretty dangerous. Birmingham has some dark moments in American history.

Any 5th grader or up will enjoy it's enjoyable funny "Weird Watson" story, and have a slight chance of wanting to go to Birmingham, Alabama. But maybe not in 1963.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963  Mar 8, 2007
This is a great book for students at the middle school level. My students loved it and it was an excellent springboard to discussions on American history and terrorism in this country. Though deep and dramatic at times, it was also often light-hearted and funny.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham  Mar 1, 2007
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The book is about the Watsons that have 3 children. Their names are Kenny, Byron, and Joey. Byron is a juvenile delinquent. That means he gets in trouble a lot. The Watsons have a lot of trouble with Byron because he likes to hang out hit a kid named Buphead. When Byron and Kenny find out they are on welfare food stamps Byron gets angery and doesn't want to go shopping. Because he thinks its embarrassing but when they find out their father cant pay it off till the end of the week. Byron gets all happy and he carries the grocies home.
I think the theme is about people who shouldn't be jugded by the color of their skin.
I like it when Byron makes the flame thrower of death because he was flushing stuff he lit on fire down the toilt.
the best book ever  Mar 1, 2007
The Watson's go to Birmingham is a really good book and I really liked. In the story the son of the Watson's gets his tongue stuck to the car mirror and that was really funny. The reason his tongue got stuck is because he was kissing the mirror and admiring himself. The Watson's also travel to Birmingham to their aunt's house to get out of the cold because their house is to cold to be in. I really love this book a lot and I hope you read it.

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