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The Watsons Go to Birmingham-- 1963

  Curtis, Christopher Paul


Publisher: Delacorte Press
Number of Pages: 210
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Genres:

Historical fiction

Material Type/Location:

Youth Fiction

Reading Level:

2-3
4-5
6-8

Awards:

ALA Notable Books
Coretta Scott King Award
Newbery Honor
Voice of Youth Award Nominee

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Why I liked this title:

Meet the Watsons, and enjoy the funniest car trip you've ever been on. In fact, you'll be laughing out loud before the trip even starts! The year is 1963; the place is Flint, Michigan; the season is winter; and it is FREEZING! Kenny Watson begins his tale by telling us all about the trials and tribulations of his tenth year in Flint, as he deals with his goofy, loving family, affectionately known as "the Weird Watsons." In spite of school bullies and stifling layers of winter clothes, Kenny enjoys his life in Flint. But it's when the family decides to take a car trip to Birmingham, Alabama to visit Kenny's grandma that life changes for Kenny in ways he can't even begin to imagine. Want to get to know a whole family of unforgettable characters? Then meet the Watsons!

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Reviewed by: Mary Michell on 10/1/2007

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