The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780385321754, 224pp.)
Publication Date: September 1, 1995
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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.