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The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 
by Christopher Paul Curtis

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.

This book won a number of prestigious children's book awards, including the:

  • Newbery Honor
  • Coretta Scott King Award
  • American Library Association Top Ten Best Book
  • American Library Association Notable Children's Book
  • International Reading Association Young Adult's Choice
  • New York Times Book Review Best Book

"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)

Grade Level:    5th grade     6th grade     7th grade     8th grade 

Reading Level:   Guided Reading Level U      DRA Level 50

Book Type:   chapter book

Related Lists:  civil rights era      history      historical fiction      Newbery Award


Condition:  This book is used but in good condition. There's very little or no water damage, torn pages, damage to the spine, or writing on the outer cover or inside pages. Occasionally there's the previous owner's name / inscription on the inside front cover.  NOTE: There are several different covers for this book. The one you get might be different than the ones shown here (based on current inventory).