The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul CurtisThe Newbery Honor-winning American classic, The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 , celebrates 20 years with this anniversary edition featuring a special letter from Christopher Paul Curtis and an introduction by noted educator Dr. Pauletta Bracy.
Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. Theres Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, whos thirteen and an official juvenile delinquent. When Momma and Dad decide its time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra-Glide, and the Watsons set out on a trip like no other. Theyre heading South to Birmingham, Alabama, toward one of the darkest moments in Americas history.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis ~book review
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In the opening pages of The Watsons Go to Birmingham - , all five members of the Watson family are sitting wrapped in blankets against the cold of the apartment. Watson is convinced they are going to freeze to death. Through the eyes of ten-year-old Kenny, the reader learns about the crazy antics of his family. Kenny believes that everyone in his neighborhood and school must think his family is strange—"The Weird Watsons". Kenny's feelings about By swing between fear of By's bullying tactics, awe of By's "fantastic adventures," and pleasure in By's sometimes unexpected kindness. Kenny frequently tries to understand how a bully can have such a great sense of humor. By's craziness includes a narcissistic attitude which freezes his lips to the side-view mirror of the family's car, known to the children as the "Brown Bomber," as he kisses himself one freezing winter morning when the family decides to go to an aunt's house to escape the cold in their apartment.
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