The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

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He gains a new appreciation for the strong love that makes the Watsons not so weird, but very, very special.
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The Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan—from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott Award Winner.

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 happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma's church is blown up.

AN ALA TOP TEN BEST BOOK
AN ALA NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOK
AN IRA YOUNG ADULT'S CHOICE
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW BEST BOOK
NAMED TO MULTIPLE STATE AWARD LISTS

"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


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About Christopher Paul Curtis

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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.












Author Residence: Detroit, Michigan












Author Hometown: Flint, Michigan
 
Published November 13, 2001 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 224 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, History. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

Curtis tries to shoehorn in more characters and subplots than the story will comfortably bear--as do many first novelists--but he creates a well-knit family and a narrator with a distinct, believable voice.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jan 01 2008

Comic tale, narrated by a 10-year-old boy . . . during one of the stormiest times of the Civil Rights movement.

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Common Sense Media

Good
Reviewed by Matt Berman on Jan 01 2008

Most of the book is hilarious, told in Kenny's distinctive and believable voice . . . And then the author wallops readers with an emotional sucker-punch . . . in an emotionally wrenching scene.

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KidsReads

Excellent
Reviewed by Shannon Maughan on Jan 01 2008

He gains a new appreciation for the strong love that makes the Watsons not so weird, but very, very special.

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