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The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

de Christopher Paul Curtis

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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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Independent Reading Level - Grade 5+
Awards: Newbery and Coretta Scott King Award
  NiaMHackney | Nov 14, 2021 |
The Watsons go to Birmingham has always been an important book to me because there is so much important history in the story. The Watson family sets out on a trip to Birmingham during the civil rights movement and one of the saddest moments in history. Students should read this book because it shows pivotal moments in the civil rights movement, and moves students to understand the stress of that time. ( )
  Leamoore | Nov 4, 2021 |
The family really leaps off the page. I just wanted more. More about what happened. Why couldn't it be a series about civil rights? I know he's written about previous eras but couldn't there be a series following other members/friends of the family? And more background on Rufus would have been nice. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
Middle child Kenny narrates this story of his family, who live in Flint, Michigan. Kenny is book-smart but frequently tricked by his older brother Byron and By's friend Buphead; eventually, Momma and Dad make good on their threat to send Byron down to Grandma Sands in Birmingham. The whole family takes a road trip in the "Brown Bomber," newly equipped with a record player, driving hundreds of miles; Momma's careful planning (about where they can safely stop, eat, and sleep) starts the boys realizing that things are different in the south. On the fateful, tragic Sunday of the Birmingham bombing, Kenny thinks that his little sister Joetta is in the church; he goes in to find her, then runs home, traumatized. Joey is miraculously okay, but Kenny is shaken even after the family returns to Flint, and it's Byron who helps him reenter the world.

See also: The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon, Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

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If you asked Momma why you had to do something and she didn't feel like explaining she just repeated herself. (75)

If you try to be cool all the time and something surprises you you sure do look stupid. (re: Byron learning that Grandma Sands has an outhouse, 140)

"Momma and Dad say they can't help themselves, they did it because they're sick, but I don't know. I ain't never heard of no sickness that makes you kill little girls just because you don't want them in your school. I don't think they're sick at all, I think they just let hate eat them up and turn them into monsters." (Byron to Kenny, 200)

"Kenny, things ain't ever going to be fair. How's it fair that two grown men could hate Negroes so much that they'd kill some kids just to stop them from going to school? How's it fair that even though the cops down there might know who did it nothing will probably ever happen to those men? It ain't. But you just gotta understand that that's the way it is and keep on steppin'." (203) ( )
  JennyArch | Aug 22, 2021 |
I listened to LeVar Burton read it, and it was fabulous. ( )
  emrsalgado | Jul 23, 2021 |
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In memory of
Addie Mae Collins
Born 4/18/49, died 9/15/63
Denise McNair
Born 11/17/51, died 9/15/63
Carole Robertson
Born 4/24/49, died 9/15/63
Cynthia Wesley
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This book is dedicated to my parents, Dr. Herman and Leslie Lewis Curtis, who have given their children both roots and wings and encouraged us to soar; my sister, Cydney Eleanor Curtis, who has been unfailingly supportive, kind and herself; and above all to my wife, Kaysandra Anne Sookram Curtis, who has provided a warmth and love that have allowed me to laugh, to grow and, most importantly, to dream.
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"Some of the time I wondered if something really was wrong with me. Byron had just told me that someone had dropped a bomb on Joey's church, hadn't he? If that was true why was I only thinking about how much trouble By was going to be in when they heard how loud he'd slammed the screen door, and asking myself why hadn't he put on his shoes? His socks wouldn't last two minutes on the Alabama mud."
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