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The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

por Christopher Paul Curtis

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The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
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The family really leaps off the page. I just wanted more. More about what happened. Why couldn't it be a series about civil rights? I know he's written about previous eras but couldn't there be a series following other members/friends of the family? And more background on Rufus would have been nice. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
Middle child Kenny narrates this story of his family, who live in Flint, Michigan. Kenny is book-smart but frequently tricked by his older brother Byron and By's friend Buphead; eventually, Momma and Dad make good on their threat to send Byron down to Grandma Sands in Birmingham. The whole family takes a road trip in the "Brown Bomber," newly equipped with a record player, driving hundreds of miles; Momma's careful planning (about where they can safely stop, eat, and sleep) starts the boys realizing that things are different in the south. On the fateful, tragic Sunday of the Birmingham bombing, Kenny thinks that his little sister Joetta is in the church; he goes in to find her, then runs home, traumatized. Joey is miraculously okay, but Kenny is shaken even after the family returns to Flint, and it's Byron who helps him reenter the world.

See also: The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon, Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

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If you asked Momma why you had to do something and she didn't feel like explaining she just repeated herself. (75)

If you try to be cool all the time and something surprises you you sure do look stupid. (re: Byron learning that Grandma Sands has an outhouse, 140)

"Momma and Dad say they can't help themselves, they did it because they're sick, but I don't know. I ain't never heard of no sickness that makes you kill little girls just because you don't want them in your school. I don't think they're sick at all, I think they just let hate eat them up and turn them into monsters." (Byron to Kenny, 200)

"Kenny, things ain't ever going to be fair. How's it fair that two grown men could hate Negroes so much that they'd kill some kids just to stop them from going to school? How's it fair that even though the cops down there might know who did it nothing will probably ever happen to those men? It ain't. But you just gotta understand that that's the way it is and keep on steppin'." (203) ( )
  JennyArch | Aug 22, 2021 |
I listened to LeVar Burton read it, and it was fabulous. ( )
  emrsalgado | Jul 23, 2021 |
This book would be best read by middle students. It is a longer novel with some concepts that would be easier to understand when you get older. There are a lot of character throughout this novel that all play very key roles. The book is filled with a family experiencing problems around the time of the Civil Rights Movement, and although our students will not be able to relate to that, they can still relate to having family troubles and learning to move part them. This book will provide our students a window into someone else's struggles. They can learn how to grow from hard times. ( )
  MirandaFox | Apr 18, 2021 |
This book opens up on the Watson family. Kenny struggles with his older brother teasing and ganging up on him. The family chooses to go to Birmingham since the oldest boy, is having trouble with his attitude. The grandmother lives in Birmingham, and the family thinks this is the best choice since she is stricter and may have a better approach to strengthening her attitude. While in Birmingham, the Watson's experience racism more than they ever have. During the story, there is a time where the oldest brother saves Kenny's life, and leads to an emotional time. When Kenny is almost in a similar situation, he regrets not saving his younger sister and has a hard time.
This book is great for middle schoolers. I think it opens the persecutive or racism and introduces it well. It is a tough thing to talk about, but this book does a good job of having a deep conversation of racism.
  kharrison19 | Apr 9, 2021 |
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Addie Mae Collins
Born 4/18/49, died 9/15/63
Denise McNair
Born 11/17/51, died 9/15/63
Carole Robertson
Born 4/24/49, died 9/15/63
Cynthia Wesley
Born 4/30/49, died 9/15/63
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This book is dedicated to my parents, Dr. Herman and Leslie Lewis Curtis, who have given their children both roots and wings and encouraged us to soar; my sister, Cydney Eleanor Curtis, who has been unfailingly supportive, kind and herself; and above all to my wife, Kaysandra Anne Sookram Curtis, who has provided a warmth and love that have allowed me to laugh, to grow and, most importantly, to dream.
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"Some of the time I wondered if something really was wrong with me. Byron had just told me that someone had dropped a bomb on Joey's church, hadn't he? If that was true why was I only thinking about how much trouble By was going to be in when they heard how loud he'd slammed the screen door, and asking myself why hadn't he put on his shoes? His socks wouldn't last two minutes on the Alabama mud."
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