The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis


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 happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma's church is blown up.

This book won a number of prestigious children's book awards, including the:

  • Newbery Honor
  • Coretta Scott King Award
  • American Library Association Top Ten Best Book
  • American Library Association Notable Children's Book
  • International Reading Association Young Adult's Choice
  • New York Times Book Review Best Book

"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)

Reading Levels:  Interest Level:  Grades 6-8   /   DRA Level:  50   /   Lexile Measure: 1000L   /   Grade Level Equiv:  5.5   /   Guided Reading: U

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