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, littleThe 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.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham 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 introdu
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 qual [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
I read this in like middle school and LOVED IT That s like all I remember hahahaha
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 someth [...]
The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963is a great historical fiction book to read the author of this book is Christopher Paul Curtis The book shows you what it was like to be in an African American family in 1963 of the southern and northern parts of America I for one lovedThe Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 I thought it was really funny at some parts but really sad at other parts I don t have a brother and I got to see what it was like having an older brother My favorite part of the book was during the [...]
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 [...]
A list of thoughts upon reading this novel.1 I love children s lit and middle grade.2 I love my teacher for making us read this book.3 I love this fucking book.4 Kids are mean.5 WHERE ARE THE FUCKING TISSUES.6 The Watsons are the best.
The book called The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis is a historical fiction book The setting of this novel is placed in the year of 1963 The characters are Kenny, who s point of view it is told by, Byron, his older brother, Joey, his younger brother, and his parents, Daniel and Wilona They live in Flint, Michigan but they go to Birmingham for a while The main plot is that Byron is such a bad behaving kid, a juvenile delinquent that his parents decide to take him to Birmi [...]
This was the first novel written by this author, and though I liked it, I liked his Bud, Not Buddy, especially its narratorial voice, Though most of this story is told in a lighthearted way as we learn about this family, the beginning was almost hard for me to read with its matter of fact depiction of the bullying that the narrator and his friend receive, as he wonders why bullies are the ones who can be so funny The ending is exquisite as it depicts the narrator s mental state after a traumati [...]
3 3.5 starsAn animated, spontaneous, and generally light hearted view of family life from the perspective of 10 year old Kenny up until the family s eye opening road trip to Birmingham, Alabama where there is ultimately a shift in focus to a somber event in U.S history Although the plot summary notes the 1963 time period as one of the darkest times, race is not directly touched upon until after the halfway point where it is only addressed intermittently until the aforementioned event at the end [...]
The title is somewhat misleading but the book contains many scenarios that children and parents may find relatable With laugh out loud scenes interjected from cover to cover the Watson s trip to Birmingham introduces an unforgettably tragic moment into an otherwise light hearted read Contains Spoilers The Watsons Go to Birmingham is told from the point of view of 10 year old Kenny He s a smart kid who is mindful of doing the right thing Between looking after his younger sister, avoiding bullying [...]
I gave the historical fiction novel The Watsons go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis a four star rating.This novel takes place in Flint, Michigan 1963 and also switches back between Birmingham, Alabama My favorite character in the novel is definitely Kenny, who is the narrator I like that the story is told by a ten year old boy because it comes from such a different view point Kenny s brother Byron is a 13 year old juvenile delinquent in this novel and he begins the being very immatu [...]
This was an interesting story about the Watson family It s filled with realistic anecdotes of an African American family living in Flint, Michigan The focus of the story is between 2 brothers and their arduous relationship All this takes place in 1963 with the back drop of the civil Rights movement It s a wonderful story to get kids to talk about family life, siblings, and of course to talk about racism and the Civil rights Movement.
Loved it I recommend to parents to read along with their children I think its a book that touches on issues that will get families talking.
This is probably my favorite book of all time It had every element that I love in a book It was hilarious with great descriptions, and at the same time it was powerful and thoughtful.
RATING 3.5 STARS Review Not on Blog When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was really intrigued by it A child s perspective of 1963, Birmingham USA seemed pretty heavy a subject This novel in a sense is for middle school children and the adult issues are balanced with children s humour and perspective I found Kenny, quite endearing, and his family so interesting and fun This is a well written novel that I think would be perfect for children as well as adults I took off a star for this no [...]
This was a well written story, one that was mostly filled with anecdotes about the life of an African American family during the 1960s The anecdotes worked well to weave a cohesive story, one that touches on the struggles in the Civil Rights Movement, especially in the South I enjoyed the narrative written from the perspective of a fourth grade student, Kenny His interaction with friends and family set the stage for the cultural diversity and challenges faced by African Americans Kenny s family [...]
A great read set at the time when the Civil Rights Movement was brought to national attention It is the story of an African American family living in Michigan the father works in an auto factory and is a member of the UAW union Their lives illustrate differences for African Americans living in the north and the south.This novel for middle readers probably 4th 6th grade tells the story of the Watson family who live in Flint Michigan Mrs Watson is from Alabama and she just cannot get used to the M [...]
Kenny Watson lives with his family in Flint Michigan His older brother, Byron, has been getting into trouble and running with the wrong crowd Meanwhile, Kenny is constantly being bullied at school, in his neighborhood and most times at the hand of Byron Byron s misbehavior has become too much for the family to bear, so they head down south with the intentions of leaving Byron behind to be taken care of by his grandmother, but the south has its own troubles It is a trip that will change the Watso [...]
I would highly recommend this book to students and adults alike This book was above all, a very funny read The summary of the novel does not prepare you for the fact that about 60% of the book takes place before the family even leaves to go on the road trip to Birmingham While there is no shortage of funny situations, the majority of the book is just that recounting the funny things that go on between siblings and parents within a family situations that do not always fit clearly into the plot of [...]
The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963Book Review Reading about the weird Watsons is no joke Ok maybe it is They stay funny and calm during their hard situations Overall I give this book 4 stars It is an attention grabber throughout the entire book The book is very relatable, and gives strong family values First, is Daniel Watson the dad, he is the breadwinner, and a fun loving father Second, is Wilona Watson the mom, She runs the household Joetta is the youngest and only girl She cares deeply for he [...]
In a historical fiction, The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis I rated the book five stars In the storyThe Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963, out main characters are a boy named Kenny and his older brother Byron They live in Flint, Michigan and Byron is a juvenile delinquent He sets fires and does things he is not suppose to do Momma threatens to send him to Alabama for the school year if he does not clean up his act But Byron still does things he is not suppose to, so Momma [...]
I have been wanting to read this for a while since my library has promoted it during literacy big reads, so I got a copy of the audio and my 12 year old son and I listened to it on our commute Since the title is The Watsons Go to Birmingham, I expected them to GO TO BIRMINGHAM for most of the book and absorb the culture and compare contrast the southern way of life with their northern way of life, at the same time weaving the civil rights movement and the church bombing into the story Nope When [...]
The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 is a historical fiction by Christopher Paul Curtis Kenneth Watson is a 10 year old boy in Flint, Michigan The Watsons Go to Birmingham tells the story of Kenny and his family Momma, Dad, Joetta, and Byron Byron is officially a juvenile delinquent but Momma and Dad want to change that They decide that they re going to Birmingham, Alabama for a week to visit Momma s mom, Grandma Sands But when they leave Birmingham,they re going to leave Byron there for the entire [...]
We read this book in our eighth grade ELA class with Mrs Castillo At first I was kind of eh about the book but as we read it, I found that I was wrong and that the book was really good The way the humor ties into the book is so real as well as the racism and struggles of an African American family This book is really great and I recommend it to everyone who likes to know a bit about history with a touch of fiction tied into it I really like the book and it s just a really great read and I really [...]
The Watsons are a loving, funny family who live in Flint, Michigan in the early 1960 s When the oldest brother, Byron, continues down the path to trouble, his parents decide to take him to stay with his strict grandmother in Birmingham, Alabama The entire family goes on the long trip, and while they are in Birmingham, a church is bombed, killing several children Kenny, the middle child, is traumatized by what he sees, and takes a while to recover, with the help of his big brother, Byron.Kenny an [...]