The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
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Digital Audiobook (7/4/2000)
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Paperback, Large Print (4/1/2018)
Hardcover, Large Print (3/8/2017)
When the Watson family—ten-year-old Kenny, Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron—sets out on a trip south to visit Grandma in Birmingham, Alabama, they don’t realize that they’re heading toward one of the darkest moments in America’s history. The Watsons’ journey reminds us that even in the hardest times, laughter and family can help us get through anything.
"A modern classic." —NPR
“Marvelous . . . both comic and deeply moving.” —The New York Times
"One of the best novels EVER." —Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery Honor and National Book Award–winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming
Praise For The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963…
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
"This is a book that changes lives. It certainly changed mine." —Kate DiCamillo, two-time Newbery Medalist
"I identify with so much in Christopher Paul Curtis's engrossing classic, The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963." —David Barclay Moore, winner of the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award for New Talent
"An exceptional first novel."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Superb . . . a warmly memorable evocation of an African American family." —The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
"Ribald humor . . . and a totally believable child's view of the world will make this book an instant hit."—School Library Journal, starred review
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 9780385321754, 224pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 1995
About the Author
Christopher Paul Curtis grew up in Flint, Michigan. After high school he began working on the assembly line at the Fisher Body Plant No. 1 while attending the Flint branch of the University of Michigan. He is now a full-time writer, and lives with his family in Windsor, Ontario.