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Posted on: June 15, 2020

The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

by Christopher Paul Curtis

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about a hilarious family on a road-trip at one of the most important times in America’s history. This special edition makes a perfect gift and includes bonus content!

Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There’s Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who’s thirteen and an "official juvenile delinquent."

When Byron gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they’ll be in Birmingham during one of the darkest moments in America’s history.

"Every so often a book becomes a modern classic almost as soon as it arrives on bookshelves. That happened in the mid-’90s when Christopher Paul Curtis released his first book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963.
NPR

"One of the best novels EVER."
—Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery Honor and National Book Award–winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming

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