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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...

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Overview

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.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An exceptional first novel."
Publishers Weekly, Starred, Boxed Review

"Superb . . . a warmly memorable evocation of an African American family." —The Horn Book Magazine, Starred

"Marvelous . . . both comic and deeply moving."
The New York Times Book Review

"Ribald humor . . . and a totally believable child's view of the world will make this book an instant hit."—School Library Journal, Starred

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
This is our favorite read-aloud this year. Humor and drama light up history as the Weird Watsons, an African-American family from Flint, Michigan, seek to rehabilitate Byron, who is thirteen and an "official juvenile delinquent," by taking him "down South." The book is seen through the eyes of his ten-year-old brother, Kenny, who admires and is terrified by his brother's daring exploits and chooses a comic voice to tell about these adventures. The characters are so real that they propel you through the story. They compel you to laugh when Bryon kisses a mirror in Michigan's freezing temperatures and gets his lips stuck to the glass, to feel an overpowering horror as Kenny is nearly drowned in a whirlpool and to fear when youngest sister Joetta just escapes the Birmingham bombings. The ups and downs of the story's mood lend a feeling of real life to these real characters who make the Civil Rights Era seem very real. Never have I read a book in which comedy and drama meld so seamlessly.
Children's Literature - Victoria Crenson
The story of the Weird Watson family of Flint, Michigan, as told by ten-year-old Kenny Watson, is achingly funny. Kenny's is a middle-child's view-wrapped in the warm presence of his quirky family and yet in many ways, feeling like an alien. The escapades of older brother Byron, the tormenter, also known as the Lipless Wonder after he kisses his reflection in a frozen car mirror and must be forcibly unstuck, will have readers rolling on the floor. (The author clearly understands the edgy, love-hate feelings that tie siblings to each other for a lifetime.) Kenny's story is also a heartbreaking look at one child's attempt to cope with a crisis of spirit after a shattering event in Birmingham. In his first novel, Curtis has created a voice of extraordinary force.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
The author has created a story with so many rich, tender, and hilarious moments that it is easy to believe that the family and events are real. Kenny, 10, tells the story. Kenny's description of brother Byron's antics leaves little doubt that this 13-year-old is on his way to being an "official delinquent." He is the cause of the family's decision to visit Birmingham to leave him with his maternal grandmother. The trip itself is a hoot as Dad decides to save money by making it a non-stop trip from Flint, Michigan. In Birmingham they are soon caught in the maelstrom of events of the emerging Civil Rights Movement. The spectrum of emotions from comedy to tragedy make this a worthy Newbery Honor Book, 1996.
The ALAN Review - Jeanne Marcum Gerlach
Curtis introduces the reader to ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Watsons - Momma, Dad, Joetta, Kenny, and Byron - in his first, but unforgettable, novel. We meet the Watsons one super-cold Saturday in their home in Flint, Michigan. We immediately sense the family closeness through the comedic dialogue of the characters. However, we soon travel with the family from their somewhat calm life in the North to Birmingham, Alabama, where the Civil Rights movement was just beginning. Curtis introduces us to the South of the 1960s-a place where African Americans couldn't eat in restaurants, use public restrooms, or be seen on the streets after dark. The trip with Kenny and his family is realistic: I felt I was in the car with them. I saw the water fountains with the NO BLACKS signs. I saw the busses where African Americans stood near the rear. And I heard my African-American friends admit that they were afraid to travel in certain areas of our country. Traveling with the Watsons to Birmingham was like looking at a picture from the past. I trust that picture will keep changing for the better. I feel re-awakened. Thank you, Christopher Paul Curtis.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Kenny's family is known in Flint, Michigan, as the Weird 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 hard-working parents' expectations. After a string of misdeeds, Mr. and Mrs. Watson decide that tough guy, older brother Byron must be removed from the bad influences of the city and his gang. They feel that his maternal grandmother and a different way of life in Birmingham might make him appreciate what he has. Since the story is set in 1963, the family must make careful preparations for their trip, for they cannot count on food or housing being available on the road once they cross into the South. The slow, sultry pace of life has a beneficial effect on all of the children until the fateful day when a local church is bombed, and Kenny runs to look for his sister. Written in a full-throated, hearty voice, this is a perfectly described piece of past imperfect. Curtis's ability to switch from fun and funky to pinpoint-accurate psychological imagery works unusually well. Although the horrific Birmingham Sunday throws Kenny into temporary withdrawl, this story is really about the strength of family love and endurance. Ribald humor, sly sibling digs, and a totally believable child's view of the world will make this book an instant hit.-Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY
From the Publisher
"An exceptional first novel."
Publishers Weekly, Starred, Boxed Review

"Superb . . . a warmly memorable evocation of an African American family." —The Horn Book Magazine, Starred

"Marvelous . . . both comic and deeply moving."
The New York Times Book Review

"Ribald humor . . . and a totally believable child's view of the world will make this book an instant hit."—School Library Journal, Starred

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440228004
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 192,857
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 4.28 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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And You Wonder Why We Get Called the Weird Watsons
It was one of those super-duper-cold Saturdays. One of those days that when you breathed out your breath kind of hung frozen in the air like a hunk of smoke and you could walk along and look exactly like a train blowing out big, fat, white puffs of smoke.

It was so cold that if you were stupid enough to go outside your eyes would automatically blink a thousand times all by themselves, probably so the juice inside of them wouldn't freeze up. It was so cold that if you spit, the slob would be an ice cube before it hit the ground. It was about a zillion degrees below zero.

It was even cold inside our house. We put sweaters and hats and scarves and three pairs of socks on and still were cold. The thermostat was turned all the way up and the furnace was banging and sounding like it was about to blow up but it still felt like Jack Frost had moved in with us.

All of my family sat real close together on the couch under a blanket. Dad said this would generate a little heat but he didn't have to tell us this, it seemed like the cold automatically made us want to get together and huddle up. My little sister, Joetta, sat in the middle and all you could see were her eyes because she had a scarf wrapped around her head. I was next to her and on the outside was my mother.

Momma was the only one who wasn't born in Flint so the cold was coldest to her. All you could see were her eyes too, and they were shooting bad looks at Dad. She always blamed him for bringing her all the way from Alabama to Michigan, a state she called a giant icebox. Dad was bundled next to Joey, trying to look at anything but Momma. Next to Dad, sitting with a little space between them, was my older brother, Byron.

Byron had just turned thirteen so he was officially a teenage juvenile delinquent and didn't think it was "cool" to touch anybody or let anybody touch him, even if it meant he froze to death. Byron had tucked the blanket between him and Dad down into the cushion of the couch to make sure he couldn't be touched.

Dad turned on the TV to try to make us forget how cold we were but all that did was get him in trouble. There was a special news report on Channel 12 telling how bad the weather was and Dad groaned when the guy said, "If you think it's cold now, wait until tonight, the temperature is expected to drop into record-low territory, possibly reaching the negative twenties! In fact, we won't be seeing anything above zero for the next four to five days!" He was smiling when he said this but none of the Watson family thought it was funny. We all looked over at Dad. He just shook his head and pulled the blanket over his eyes.

Then the guy on the TV said, "Here's a little something we can use to brighten our spirits and give us some hope for the future: The temperature in Atlanta, Georgia is forecast to reach . . ." Dad coughed real loud and jumped off the couch to turn the TV off but we all heard the weatherman say, ". . . the mid-seventies!" The guy might as well have tied Dad to a tree and said, "Ready, aim, fire!"

"Atlanta!" Momma said. "That's a hundred and fifty miles from home!"

"Wilona . . . ," Dad said.

"I knew it," Momma said. "I knew I should have listened to Moses Henderson!"

"Who?" I asked.

Dad said, "Oh Lord, not that sorry story. You've got to let me tell about what happened with him."

Momma said, "There's not a whole lot to tell, just a story about a young girl who made a bad choice. But if you do tell it, make sure you get all the facts right."

We all huddled as close as we could get because we knew Dad was going to try to make us forget about being cold by cutting up. Me and Joey started smiling right away, and Byron tried to look cool and bored.

"Kids," Dad said, "I almost wasn't your father. You guys came real close to having a clown for a daddy named Hambone Henderson. . . ."

"Daniel Watson, you stop right there. You're the one who started that 'Hambone' nonsense. Before you started that everyone called him his Christian name, Moses. And he was a respectable boy too, he wasn't a clown at all."

"But the name stuck didn't it? Hambone Henderson. Me and your granddaddy called him that because the boy had a head shaped like a hambone, had more knots and bumps on his head than a dinosaur. So as you guys sit here giving me these dirty looks because it's a little chilly outside ask yourselves if you'd rather be a little cold or go through life being known as the Hambonettes."

Me and Joey cracked up, Byron kind of chuckled and Momma put her hand over her mouth. She did this whenever she was going to give a smile because she had a great big gap between her front teeth. If Momma thought something was funny, first you'd see her trying to keep her lips together to hide the gap, then, if the smile got to be too strong, you'd see the gap for a hot second before Momma's hand would come up to cover it, then she'd crack up too.

Laughing only encouraged Dad to cut up more, so when he saw the whole family thinking he was funny he really started putting on a show.

He stood up in front of the TV. "Yup, Hambone Henderson proposed to your mother around the same time I did. Fought dirty too, told your momma a pack of lies about me and when she didn't believe them he told her a pack of lies about Flint."

Dad started talking Southern-style, imitating this Hambone guy. "Wilona, I heard tell about the weather up that far north in Flint, Mitch-again, heard it's colder than inside an icebox. Seen a movie about it, think it was made in Flint. Movie called Nanook of the North. Yup, do believe for sure it was made in Flint. Uh-huh, Flint, Mitch-again."

"Folks there live in these things called igloos. According to what I seen in this here movie most folks in Flint is Chinese. Don't believe I seem nan one colored person in the whole dang city. You a 'Bama gal, don't believe you'd be too happy living in no igloo. Ain't got nothing against 'em, but don't believe you'd be too happy living 'mongst a whole slew of Chinese folks. Don't believe you'd like the food. Only thing them Chinese folks in that movie et was whales and seals. Don't believe you'd like no whale meat. Don't taste a lick like chicken. Don't taste like pork at all."

Momma pulled her hand away from her mouth. "Daniel Watson, you are one lying man! Only thing you said that was true was that being in Flint is like living in an igloo. I knew I should have listened to Moses. Maybe these babies mighta been born with lumpy heads but at least they'da had warm lumpy heads!

"You know Birmingham is a good place, and I don't mean the weather either. The life is slower, the people are friendlier--"

"Oh yeah," Dad interrupted, "they're a laugh a minute down there. Let's see, where was that 'Coloreds Only' bathroom downtown?"

"Daniel, you know what I mean, things aren't perfect but people are more honest about the way they feel"--she took her mean eyes off Dad and put them on Byron--"and folks there do know how to respect their parents."

Byron rolled his eyes like he didn't care. All he did was tuck the blanket farther into the couch's cushion.

Dad didn't like the direction the conversation was going so he called the landlord for the hundredth time. The phone was still busy.

"That snake in the grass has got his phone off the hook. Well, it's going to be too cold to stay here tonight, let me call Cydney. She just had that new furnace put in, maybe we can spend the night there." Aunt Cydney was kind of mean but her house was always warm so we kept our fingers crossed that she was home.

Everyone, even Byron, cheered when Dad got Aunt Cydney and she told us to hurry over before we froze to death.

Dad went out to try and get the Brown Bomber started. That was what we called our car. It was a 1948 Plymouth that was dull brown and real big, Byron said it was turd brown. Uncle Bud gave it to Dad when it was thirteen years old and we'd had it for two years. Me and Dad took real good care of it but some of the time it didn't like to start up in the winter.

After five minutes Dad came back in huffing and puffing and slapping his arms across his chest.

"Well, it was touch and go for a while, but the Great Brown One pulled through again!" Everyone cheered, but me and Byron quit cheering and started frowning right away. By the way Dad smiled at us we knew what was coming next. Dad pulled two ice scrapers out of his pocket and said, "O.K., boys, let's get out there and knock those windows out."

We moaned and groaned and put some more coats on and went outside to scrape the car's windows. I could tell by the way he was pouting that Byron was going to try and get out of doing his share of he work.

"I'm not going to do your part, Byron, you'd better do it and I'm not playing either."

"Shut up, punk."

I went over to the Brown Bomber's passenger side and started hacking away at the scab of ice that was all over the windows. I finished Momma's window and took a break. Scraping ice off of windows when it's that cold can kill you!

I didn't hear any sound coming from the other side of the car so I yelled out, "I'm serious, Byron, I'm not doing that side too, and I'm only going to do half the windshield, I don't care what you do to me." The windshield on the Bomber wasn't like the new 1963 cars, it had a big bar running down the middle of it, dividing it in half.

"Shut your stupid mouth, I got something more important to do right now."

I peeked around the back of the car to see what By was up to. The only thing he'd scraped off was the outside mirror and he was bending down to look at himself in it. He saw me and said, "You know what, square? I must be adopted, there just ain't no way two folks as ugly as your momma and daddy coulda give birth to someone as sharp as me!"

He was running his hands over his head like he was brushing his hair.

I said, "Forget you," and went back over to the other side of the car to finish the back window. I had half of the ice off when I had to stop again and catch my breath. I heard Byron mumble my name.

I said, "You think I'm stupid? It's not going to work this time." He mumbled my name again. It sounded like his mouth was full of something. I knew this was a trick, I knew this was going to be How to Survive a Blizzard, Part Two.

How to Survive a Blizzard, Part One had been last night when I was outside playing in the snow and Byron and his running buddy, Buphead, came walking by. Buphead has officially been a juvenile delinquent even longer than Byron.

"Say, kid," By had said, "you wanna learn somethin' that might save your stupid life one day?"

I should have known better, but I was bored and I think maybe the cold weather was making my brain slow, so I said, "What's that?"

"We gonna teach you how to survive a blizzard."

"How?"

Byron put his hands in front of his face and said "This is the most important thing to remember, O.K.?"

"Why?"

"Well, first we gotta show you what it feels like to be trapped in a blizzard. You ready?" He whispered something to Buphead and they both laughed.

"I'm ready."

I should have known that the only reason Buphead and By would want to play with me was to do something mean.

"O.K.," By said, "first thing you gotta worry about is high winds."

Byron and Buphead each grabbed one of my arms and one of my legs and swung me between them going, "Woo, blizzard warnings! Blizzard warnings! Wooo! Take cover!"

Buphead counted to three and on the third swing they let me go in the air. I landed headfirst in a snowbank.

But that was O.K. because I had on three coats, two sweaters, a T-shirt, three pairs of pants and four socks along with a scarf, a hat and a hood. These guys couldn't have hurt me if they'd thrown me off the Empire State Building!'

After I climbed out of the snowbank they started laughing and so did I.

"Cool, Baby Bruh," By said, "you passed that part of the test with a B-plus, what you think, Buphead?"

Buphead said, "Yeah, I'd give the little punk a A."

They whispered some more and started laughing again.

"O.K.," By said, "second thing you gotta learn is how to keep your balance in a high wind. You gotta be good at this so you don't get blowed into no polar bear dens."

They put me in between them and started making me spin round and round, it seemed like they spun me for about half an hour. When slob started flying out of my mouth they let me stop and I wobbled around for a while before they pushed me back in the same snow-bank.

When everything stopped going in circles I got up and we all laughed again.

They whispered some more and then By said, "What you think, Buphead? He kept his balance a good long time, I'm gonna give him a A-minus."

"I ain't as hard a grader as you, I'ma give the little punk a double A-minus."

"O.K., Kenny now the last part of Surviving a Blizzard, you ready?"

"Yup!"

"You passed the wind test and did real good on the balance test but now we gotta see if you ready to graduate. You remember what we told you was the most important part about survivin'?"

"Yup!"

"O.K., here we go. Buphead, tell him 'bout the final exam."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2010

    A Good Book, but Not a Must-Read

    The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 was an enlightening and quick-paced story. Very inspirational, it shows the love of an African American family during a segregated period of time. It's a very nice book, although it wasn't amazing. The story in general wasn't very special. Really, I liked it but didn't love it. It just didn't captivate me the way some other books do. The story is based in Flint, Michigan in 1963. The main characters are Kenny, Byron, Joetta, and their parents. The main part of the story tells of adventures in their everyday lives from 10 year old Kenny's point of view. Byron is a bully at school, while Kenny is more of a goody-goody. When the Watsons decide to go to Birmingham, Alabama to visit Grandma, they're in for a wild ride. At this point in the story it really begins to heat up. However, when a tragedy occurs and threatens the well-being of their family, they must leave Alabama. The Watsons must pull together to get past what happened. Overall, this book was ok. It was a bit slow in the beginning, just because it took so long to get into the main plot of the story. It had some high points, very comedic incidents that happened before their trip-like Byron's lips getting stuck on the frosty mirror. In the same sense, it also had low points. Most of these, however, occurred in Birmingham with two horrific events that confused me a bit. In conclusion, I am neutral about this book. I didn't particularly like it, but I didn't dislike it. I wouldn't recommend it, but I wouldn't not recommend it, either. Christopher Paul Curtis did a good job with the character development, but he wasn't as strong with the story line. It was purely just a simple story. It is a quick read which I thoroughly enjoyed. The Watsons go to Birmingham 1963, for the most part, is a really good book.

    21 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2011

    haluroius intense must read!!!!

    this book was awesome intenseing too. but good my favorite part is when byron gets his lips stuck on the mirror and everyone is trying to get his lips off by hot watr NATRULE DISASTER LOL!!!! must read

    19 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    So kool

    Ur book is so entertaining,funny and creative!!!!!!!!!

    12 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

    The watsons are great

    The Watsons go to Birmingham 1963
    By: Christopher Paul Curtis

    Genre: Fiction

    Age Range: 8 and up

    Awards: New berry Honor Book

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    What did I like about this book? I recommend this book to middle school students and family readers. This book was set in the 60's but, still resembles today. Bryon is the character that gets in trouble all the time. He also gets in bad situations like getting his tongue stuck to the car mirror. Bryon starts to straighten up after he gets to grandmas. Kenny is being the bad one now; he goes to a place at the river where he shouldn't have been. Then it was confusing when he gets out of the whirl pool to the church bombing. Over all I like this book and give it 5 stars.

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    I read this 7 years ago when I was in sixth grade. I didn't appr

    I read this 7 years ago when I was in sixth grade. I didn't appreciate it as much back then, but now I must say this book is exactly what I rated it- exceptional. It touches on things that we merely brush off, such as the bombing of the church that resulted in the death of those 4 little girls. Very good book!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2010

    wouldnt recommend it

    Book title: "The Watsons go to Birmingham"
    Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
    Title of review: Somewhat a good book
    Number of stars: 2/5
    I am reviewing the book of "The Watsons go to Birmingham". The book wasn't all that great in my opinion. The main characters are Byron and Kenny mostly. Byron has a reputation of beating kids up. At home back in Flint his mama calls him "Daddy Cool". Kenny's real name is Kenneth Watson. They move to Birmingham because of Byron's behavior, they went there during the segregation war.
    Byron is an all-round bully and troublemaker, Kenny on the other hand is a goodie goodie. Kenny has a wondering eye and gets made fun of. One day one kid toke Kenny's glove and so Byron tore that other kid up!
    I personally hated this book because; it doesn't bring you into the book really. It gets kind of boring in the end and they don't even go to Birmingham until more than half the book is over?! Anyways I also didn't like it because it keeps on saying stuff about the kids and all. I wouldn't really at all recommend this book to anyone, unless you like boring and ridiculous books about children being stupid and getting into trouble.
    Well that's my book review about this book. I really don't think you should read it; it will just be a waste of time and energy. If you want to you want even think they will be thinking about traveling to Alabama. It's pretty dumb, who tries to kiss themselves in a car mirror when its freezing cold outside?

    7 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

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    This book is well-educational for fifth to six grade. it goes back in time and teaches some of the darkest moments in America's history along with having funny plots and charavters on a journey from Flint Michigan to Birmingham Alabama. Very good READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Perfect

    Awesome book my fifth grade teacher is reading it and it is a perfect book LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    The watson's go to birmingham 1963

    I love the watson's go to birmingham 1963 because it is a good sized hilarious book if someone wanted me to recomend a book i would recomend this book because it is so hilarious my favorite part is when byron gets his lips frozen to the brown bomber i also like the part about byron deciding to secretly get a do , a conk , a butter , a process.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

    A Boy Trying to Find His Way

    This is an inspiring story told by a young boy who is trying to make his way through life during a time of turmoil and discrimination in the United States. Despite everything that African Americans were going through at the time, Kenneth is always full of life and goes on through the everyday just like any nine year old boy. Then, during their family trip to Birmingham the world is awakened by the tragic bombing of a local Baptist church and Kenneth's life is changed forever. While this book does not have a lot of facts in it, it is a great personal testament to how the civil right movement changed the lives of many people, This book is great for young readers because they can relate to the things that Kenneth is going through. If you enjoyed this book you might also enjoy Bud Not Buddy, another book written by Mr. Curtis. You will find that they are written in the same manner which is always comforting for me. I love starting a book knowing that chances are I am going to love it!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    ה Its BACKWARDS!! This book is good

    Yummy in my tummy lolololol &psi <br>
    Mummy in my tummy lolololll &pi <br>
    Dummy in my fummy hajshaha &block <br>

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Love it

    It is so cool and fascinating

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Read my reveiw

    First of all thank u for readiing this review. I have not finishedthis book yet my class is reading it and we just started this is a really funny read this book u wont regret it!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    The Watsons go to Birmingham ~1963~

    This is a great book it helps children such as my self learn about the civip rights act. It contain some cuse words but they arent to bad. Besides that it is funny, intertianing, helpful, and emotional. We read it in my class and there was some parts were my teacher couldnt read she was laughing so hard and others when it was hard for her to read because she was trying to keep from crying.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Good Childs veiw

    Its nice to see a book with a childs veiw of the world. Especially a kid from when Martin Luther King Jr was around. Kenny is a ten year old with a very naughty brother. Im reading this book in English class and we have only been reading for two weeks and have like ten pages left. Definetly try it out. {:

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Emily's review

    My class is reading it love the part where Byron gets his lips stuck to the mirror because he was kissing his refection. I'm also reading Elijah of buxton. So long but there both really good books

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Great memories of this book

    I read this book 8 years ago when I was in the 5th grade, I loved this book. It was great representation of how the Civil Rights Movement in 1964 and it is put in terms that an elementary schooler could understand easily. I loved this book so much!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    California Boy

    A great book that my 5th grade class has just finished. If you like humor and sadness, then you will definatly love the watsons go to bormingham-1963

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Awesome

    Love this book i like iy when bryon kisses the window and his lips got stoke its a great book my social studies teacher read it to the class it is amazing

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Great book

    A definet buy. Sad at end but still great!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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