The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

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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 From the Hardcover edition.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 104.14 x 172.72 x 17.78mm | 113.4g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Laurel (imprint of Dell Publishing)
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Updated
  • 044022800X
  • 9780440228004
  • 100,387

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A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Kenny's 13-year-old brother, 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.show more

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"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"show more

About Christopher Paul Curtis

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.show more

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45,061 ratings
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3 22% (9,798)
2 6% (2,904)
1 2% (996)
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