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The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-05-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 1 user ratings
ISBN:0385382944
LANGUAGE:English

"The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis is a historical fiction book set in the 1960s. This book is narrated by a little African American boy named Kenny. IT is about the mishaps that occur in hi s childhood, some of which lead to going to Birmingham. His brother Byron is described as a juvenile delinquent and is not very friendly. The actions that Byron take like getting a conk, bullying kids, skipping school, etc. make his parents take the drastic decision to have him stay in Alabama with his grandma for the summer. This book is about Kenny and how he views death, his siblings, his parents, his friends, and his overall perspective of life. I liked this book and gave it five stars. I liked the characters and their personalities. They seemed very unique and different from one another. I think the setting played a big part in how the story was told and how it made me feel. My favorite part was when Byron's lips got stuck to the mirror. I with Christopher Paul Curtis would have explained the Wool Pooh a bit more. I would definitely recommend this book to someone. " said.

"I'm going to date myself here -- I was 3 when the The Watsons went to Birmingham in 1963. Our country was in a state of transition and chaos between the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. I learned quite a bit from this wonderful book about this time, and it was from a different perspective than my own circumstances. Blacks were subject to prejudice, President Kennedy was assassinated in November, and people were protesting the war. Hippies were finding peace and love on communes and at concerts, but there was unrest all over the rest of the country.

The Watson Family, a Black family living a normal life in Flint, MI, were beginning to feel the affects of the Civil Rights movement. The narrator of the story, Kenny had an older brother, Bryon, who was in trouble all the time, and his sister, Jo, was trying desperately to protect Byron from the wrath of her parents. This is a wonderful story about a loving family, living in a world of chaos. They are good people and they want what's best for their children. The story is told from the perspective of Kenny, the middle child.

Despite the drama surrounding the Watson family and the country at large, the story of this family is heart-warming and funny. The two brothers spar with one another, get into trouble together and find moments when they get along. Without revealing too much of this delightful book, I will say that I highly recommend it. I laughed out loud and felt tears sting my eyes at different places in the book. This book tells the story of a family trying to live a peaceful and happy life, all the while surrounded by changing times and intolerance towards Black people.

The family travels from Flint to Birmingham in the hope of depositing Bryon with his maternal grandmother so she can straighten out his bad-boy behavior. They believe that life is less dangerous there, only to find out that danger is all around them and family is precious.

The Watsons Go To Birmingham -- 1965 has won as many at least 13 literary awards (http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/di...), all with varying criteria. I am not surprised -- this was a thoroughly enjoyable, informative and captivating book.

I highly recommend this book as a historical fiction book. Even if kids don't need to read it for a book report, this story will survive the test of time and will be around for generations. Don't miss this book!

Original Musings about this book:
Actually, I'm listening to this on my to and from work, and am thoroughly entertained by it. Perhaps it's the reader (Lavar Burton) who is so amusing because the story isn't silly or even light-hearted so far. It's a very realistic portrayal of a young boy and his family, living in Flint, MI. I look forward to the drive each day just so I can listen to Kenny's story.
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" Definitivamente merece más de 5 estrellas. Recién lo terminé y simplemente no hay palabras que pueda describir sobre como este libro me ha tocado muy en el fondo. Amé los mensajes y reflexiones que el autor nos deja al final de la lectura. Reseña completa: aquí. " said.

" This was an interesting story about the Watson family. It's filled with realistic anecdotes of an African-American family living in Flint, Michigan. The focus of the story is between 2 brothers and their arduous relationship. All this takes place in 1963 with the back drop of the civil Rights movement. It's a wonderful story to get kids to talk about family life, siblings, and of course to talk about racism and the Civil rights Movement. " said.

" This book is a historical fiction novel called The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. This story takes place throughout the Wastons journey from Flint, Michigan, to Birmingham, Alabama. The main characters are the brothers, Kenny and Byron. The story is about how Byron keeps getting into trouble in Flint so Momma and Dad decide to have a road trip down to Birmingham, Alabama, the most segregated city in the country. This is an amazing book! My favorite part was when the church blew up. I could just imagine the horror on everyone's faces. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend." said.

"The Watsons are a loving, funny family who live in Flint, Michigan in the early 1960's. When the oldest brother, Byron, continues down the path to trouble, his parents decide to take him to stay with his strict grandmother in Birmingham, Alabama. The entire family goes on the long trip, and while they are in Birmingham, a church is bombed, killing several children. Kenny, the middle child, is traumatized by what he sees, and takes a while to recover, with the help of his big brother, Byron.
Kenny and his family live in Flint, Michigan in the 1960's. They are a close-knit family with plenty of humor and plenty of firm parenting. Kenny's big brother, Byron, hangs out with all the thugs and bullies, but he has a good heart and looks out for his younger brother and sister.
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"We read this book in our eighth grade ELA class with Mrs. Castillo. At first I was kind of 'eh' about the book but as we read it, I found that I was wrong and that the book was really good! The way the humor ties into the book is so real as well as the racism and struggles of an African American family. This book is really great and I recommend it to everyone who likes to know a bit about history with a touch of fiction tied into it. I really like the book and it's just a really great read and I really enjoyed it.

I'm pretty sure that the beginning begins with a dare that Byron makes to his gullible of a brother. Something like that. And as the story progesses, the Watsons find themselves going to Birmingham to leave Byron there with his grandma. While in Birmingham, a bomb explodes in a church and the readers is left to believe that the youngest of the Watsons died in the bombing that was evidently planned by the KKK. It is a heart-filling book that really touches your heart. It was awesome.
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"The Watsons Go to Birmingham- 1963 is a historical fiction by Christopher Paul Curtis. Kenneth Watson is a 10-year-old boy in Flint, Michigan. The Watsons Go to Birmingham tells the story of Kenny and his family (Momma, Dad, Joetta, and Byron). Byron is officially a juvenile delinquent but Momma and Dad want to change that. They decide that they're going to Birmingham, Alabama for a week to visit Momma's mom, Grandma Sands. But when they leave Birmingham,they're going to leave Byron there for the entire summer, and maybe even the whole school year depending on his behavior in the summer. I enjoyed this book! Christopher Paul Curtis did an excellent job explaining the characters by using the events in the story. One of my favorite things about the book was how fiction and non-fiction were intertwined. I also liked how the story was told from the perspective of a 10-year-old boy, not a narrator. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fabulous quick-read. " said.

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