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The Newbery Honor Winning American Classic,The Watsons Go To Birmingham , Celebrates 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

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  1. says:

    Christopher Paul Curtis wanted to be a writer but had yet to get a break Working on a mechanic line in a Flint, Michigan automotive factory, he penned three historical fiction novels for middle grade children In 1995 his first novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 was published, and lead Curtis out of the automobile industry and into the forefront of children s literature The winner of both the Newberry and Coretta Scott King as well as other awards, The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 is a quality autobiographical and historical fiction novel The Watson family is your ordinary African American family living in Flint, Michigan Daniel works hard to provide for his wife Wilona and their three children Byron, Kenneth, and Joetta Even if they do not always have enough for luxuries, the family has a roof over their head and is able to get by Wilona comes from Birmingham, Alabama and never quite gets used to the north, even though it is a safer place to raise her family than in the south As a teenager, Byron engages in multiple forms of teenage rebellion and threatens to tear apart the fabric of his family Meanwhile, Kenneth is the family brain, reading well above grade level, while Joetta is an adorable kindergarten student just beginning her school career As Byron s exploits continue, Wilona takes matters into her own hands and decides to take the family on vacation to Birmingham with the intention of leaving Byron there for the summer The story is told through Kenneth s narrations and include many memorable interchanges including how Daniel installs a record player in their car, and the different southern dialects that Wilona and her mother use All is going well, and the family is enjoying their stay in Alabama, until the actual church bombings occur at the church where Joetta is attending Sunday school The family is scarred but none than Kenneth, and the Watsons return to Flint the next day Christopher Paul Curtis has created a powerful, introspective novel for middle grade readers He has created a strong protagonist in ten year old Kenny Watson as well as well developed supporting characters In a middle child who is both academically gifted yet overshadowed by his siblings, Curtis has created a character that many kids can relate to He has also made this novel into a quality historical fiction in that he weaves the Birmingham church bombings into an already powerful story Worthy of the Newberry and Coretta King Awards for youth fiction, Curtis has written a story that can be used in schools and for kids to enjoy on their own I would not have chosen to read about the Watson family if this book was not a buddy read in one of my goodreads groups My curiosity piqued, I joined in the read and was lead to a poignant middle grade kids book I do take part in reading black history month challenges each year, but was happy to read this novel later in the calendar as I discovered a new to me author in Christopher Paul Curtis An important middle grade novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 is 4.5 stars, and I look forward to reading Curtis other works.

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    When my 10 year old says, Mom, you HAVE to read this and checks my progress, it melts my heart I m only a few pages in, but I m wondering why my 5th grade teacher didn t offer great books or any for that matter for us to read This truly is YA It s full of adolescent antics, lights up the importance of family and told the story of an incident that happened in Birmingham 63 It s an important read for kids and provided the opportunity to talk about the Civil Rights Movement.My favorite part of the book was when my son read to me his favorite chapter while I ate dinner Priceless.

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    I stayed up super late finishing The Watsons Go to Brimingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis, and I can t stop thinking about it I can t tell you how artful I thought it was well, let me try.First, I have a big problem with history so much so that it is truly embarrassing and I always have had this problem I need to know the people and stories behind the events to remember anything I also have a big problem with reading historical fiction It often seems so fixed Tell some story around the facts you want to present I want to read a story that is a story before it is about any time period or historical events I have to get to know history from the inside out, and that is just what this great book allows me to do through all my own strengths feelings, nuances, humor, imagination.through story I will never forget these characters They are people I know Character development is paramount in this book It is their growth that pulls the story along, not events Best of all, it is an enjoyable ride.I am not quite sure how Curtis crafted such a lovely book It is in his storytelling I don t doubt for a moment any word on any page I was especially touched by the ideas that could have only come from some childhood somewhere because they were, so oddly, kid So many of his ideas must have come from some childhood he did know intimately They seem impossible to make up because they are so perfectly how children s minds work, like the Watson s pet hospital behind the couch Some kids must have invented that idea Did Curtis really create these ideas Also, the idea of the Wool Pooh That is just how a kid interprets or misinterprets things and how it becomes a real entity in his mind The way Kenny plays with his friends with the dinosaurs and they talk about the radioactiveness and the looking sideways at things so his lazy eye looked straight All these little things that TELL the story, and tell the characters, and make it so real The big question is How can what he writes ring so true to me, someone who has known no life such as this That is his everyman secret Curtis just tells his story he disappears and the characters lead you through by the hand It is seamless You never doubt for a moment, or come out of it and become self aware that you are just reading a book or wonder why or ask if that sounds realistic Curtis never narrates His voice is one with the story You never hear him We experience for ourselves each character s emotional struggles by being in the story ourselves I was so involved with every thought Kenny had, they were my own thoughts He doesn t tell us Kenny was depressed Kenny doesn t know what he, himself, is feeling We just feel it sink into us You just absorb this book In this way, this book is almost like a poem, or a ballad, or a song You have to just experience it You have to experience their family life And if you never had a family before, this book would show you what family is that abstract part you can t put your finger on just by how it feels Sure it is rough, sure it is messy, but each character is imperfectly perfect, and it is what it is.The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 is immediately one of my all time favorite books now And for all those reasons that are hard to define in words I like that it has no feeling of tidiness, of preconceieved ideas of how to tell a story, with no real beginning or end of a story You just enter into it as the Watsons are living their lives It has no clean little moral or happy ever after or lesson learned, or plotted out literary devices and tie up the loose ends conclusion That is how a real story is That is how life is We just enter it, and it unfolds That is part of the fluidity of this book The seamless, unselfconscious telling of a story that just tells itself Simply, it is artful.The book fits the vague Newberry criteria just fine it fits the Coretta Scottt King criteria exceptionally well The book does indeed help the reader to question and understand his own attitudes as a citizen of a pluralistic society, and includes well drawn characters that portray growth.Thank you, Christopher Paul Curtis.

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    The plot is simple 10 year old Kenny the narrator has a loving family a mom and dad, a little sister Joetta , and a big, tough brother Byron Byron starts getting into typical teenage trouble Kenny s parents decide to take the family on a road trip to visit grandmom in Alabama They figure she can straighten Byron out with some old school discipline During the family s visit, a church is bombed and 4 little girls are killed taken from the historical Sixteenth Street Baptist Church that was bombed on September 15, 1963 This event changes not only Byron s life but it touches the narrator Kenny as well At one point, everyone in the family couldn t find Joetta and they feared she died in the bombing.The book is one of those sleepers because for the first 150 pages, the reader gets good family fun, a wonderful collection of memorable characters The climax comes in the last 30 pages of the book but when the danger finally comes, the reader gets punched in the gut There s a point near the end when Kenny says he feels ashamed and doesn t know why Curtis perfectly captured that moment every black child has when he or she has learned that some people in the world will want to kill them just for being black I remember feeling the same way when my dad and I had to go to a grocery store in a white neighborhood after the LA riots in 92.As a sidenote, if I taught this book in a middle grade school class, we d definitely watch the documentary Four Little Girls by Spike Lee for an extended discussion of the book.

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    Kenny Watson is a ten year old resident of Flint, Michigan The year is 1963, and Kenny, having grown up in an overwhelmingly black neighborhood and never visited his mother s family down South, has not personally experienced much racism He s seen violence against people of color on TV, but those scenes might as well be happening on another planet to him He just worries about playing with his plastic dinosaurs and evading his brother Byron, who s thirteen and an official juvenile delinquent Unfortunately for Kenny, Byron has become such a problem that their parents declare an intervention This summer, they re going to drop Byron off with their old fashioned maternal grandma who lives in Birmingham If she can t make him shape up, nothing can But as they pile into their signature car, the Brown Bomber, the Watsons have no idea that they re driving into a maelstrom Content Advisory Violence view spoiler Kenny sees the corpses of the girls killed by the bomb carried out of the smoking ruins of the 16th Street Baptist Church This is the moment his childhood ends, and he spends the next few months in an apathetic fog hide spoiler

  6. says:

    I read this in like middle school and LOVED IT That s like all I remember hahahaha

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    I just can t recommend The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 While the book can be pretty funny and the Weird Watsons are a tight knit, pretty darn average family filled with support and love, it also meanders and at times even plods I m surprising myself to say this because I rarely say this about any book , but I actually found it pretty boring.The episodes, or vignettes, have the feel of the Jean Shepherd inspired film, A Christmas Story and some of the scenes seem borrowed from the film think of Byron and the frozen mirror, or the mother s insistence on bundling up for the cold And maybe Watsons would work better as a film, too.There is only the barest thread of a plot and nearly no conflict Only the final two or three chapters had any zip to it, and this is when the book develops into something worth reading I don t want to say exactly what this turning point one of the book s only turning points is because it did come as a surprise to me At this point, the book finally became than a series of so what family narratives and revealed something deeper about how an average family reacts to the devastating social climate of the 1960s These last two chapters were also, oddly, the only ones where I felt that Curtis language sparkled, becoming than a typical first person reportage The repeated comparison of black hands to sparrows, for examples, was lovely.I was hoping Christopher Paul Curtis was going to expand my understanding of the Civil Rights Movement and the era it sprung from, and instead I got a nostalgic, heart warming tale of a family generally unencumbered by life and extraordinary, I guess, only for the love they share with one another It probably has its place, and some will love it It left me, though, wondering for nearly 170 pages exactly, So What

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    This is the only other novel I have read by Curtis and I enjoyed it even than Bud, Not Buddy I did not have to read this one in school so I had to track it down myself I remember listening to the audio version at age eleven or twelve and loving the Watsons and all of their random adventures The first incident, the one where the elder brother gets his lips stuck to a car mirror in winter because he was kissing his reflection, is one of my favorite moments in fiction so far The brothers throwing cookies at birds, or eating them until they are sick is easily remembered as well Even the scenes about school back in the early 60s and the cruelty of kids to those less fortunate was brilliantly done The last third of the book becomes much serious with the church bombing, however, and only now that I m a little older can I appreciate the genius in that When I was young I didn t really understand the significance of that section of the book and the only thing I remember really enjoying was the whirlpool scene which gave me chills Later, the way the author made everything in this book work and still made it something that anyone can enjoy floors me Brilliant novel Absolutely brilliant and I recommend it to all those who didn t already have to read it.

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    The Watsons go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis is a historical fiction book In this novel, Kenny and his family live in Flint, Michigan His brother, Byron, has not stopped acting up and Kenny s Momma and Dad do not know what to do with him They then come to an agreement to go down to Birmingham, Alabama where they were going to stay with Kenny s grandma for awhile, then leave Byron there for the summer On their trip, in the car they would listen to their ultra glide and they seemed either fascinated or disgusted by every rest stop they were at Once they got there, they noticed it was real hot and that it sometimes didn t help them sleep Then, one day when Joetta, Kenny s sister, was at Sunday school, Kenny heard a loud noise, and thats when everything seemed to change I gave The Watsons go to Birmingham 1963 five out of five stars, because this was a great novel and I really liked it This novel helped visualize what segregation was like in the south and how unfair life was to other people There were also many problems in this book, but by the end, everything was resolved If someone asked me about this book, I would probably say they had to read it The best part was probably when the bomb had blown up only because there was so much tension and so much going on Because this was such a great book, I would read it again.

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    The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 A historical fiction By Christopher Paul Curtis In this novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 , tells about a family that consist of Kenny, Byron, Momma, Dad And joey the girl This story was about a troubled kid named Byron who finally goes overboard and is sent to live with his strict grandmother named Grandma Sands in Birmingham, Alabama during the civil rights movement when segregation was still a big thing deep down south Through their ups and downs something horrific happens which changes how the family acts and draws them closer together then ever before Overall I really liked this novel it was really easy to relate to some of the characters in this novel, for instance I am a Surprisingly good child like Kenny and i have someone in my family that drives me absolutely nuts like Joey My overall favorite part of this book was when Byron was kissing his reflection in the rear view mirror while scraping ice off of the Brown Bomber and getting his lips stuck to it I thought it sounded like something i d do One of my least favorite parts was when the most horrific events happened you ll have to read to find out