The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(Laurel Leaf, Mass Market Paperback, 9780440228004, 224pp.)
Publication Date: December 12, 2000
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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.
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.
This story in the "Book Your Trip" series features NPR TV critic Eric Deggans on two books turned TV shows about civil rights: PBS's Freedom Summer and Hallmark Channel's The Watsons Go to Birmingham. More at NPR.org
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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