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.
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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 Toggle navigation.
First published in , it was reprinted in It tells the story of a loving African-American family living in the town of Flint, Michigan , in When the oldest son Byron begins to get into a bit of trouble, the parents decide he should spend the summer and possibly the next school year with Grandma Sands in Birmingham, Alabama. The entire family travels there together by car, and during their visit, tragic events take place. The book takes place from approximately January to October , a turbulent time during the Civil Rights Movement. The Watson family is fictional, but the characters are based on members of the author's family, including himself, and many of the events in the first half of the book are based on a farm from the author's childhood and additional personal events.
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Byron is in sixth grade and he's the king of Clark read, the bully everyone is afraid of. Kenny, our narrator, is in fourth grade, and their little sister Joetta Joey is in kindergarten. Kenny gets picked on by the bullies at school, especially Larry Dunn, king of fourth grade. Things aren't looking great for Kenny until this kid Rufus moves to Flint from Arkansas. Rufus is poor and raggedy and he talks with a Southern accent, so at first, Kenny is excited that the kids will have someone new to bully. But instead, Rufus and Kenny become friends.