The Watsons Go to

The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis

This Curtis's first book and wow...what a book! (Little did we all know this would be the first of many amazing titles by this author).

In this title, Curtis creates "a warmly memorable evocation of an African American family" (Horn) living in 1960s Michigan. When the eldest brother starts to get into trouble, the family travels to Alabama for him to spend the summer with his grandmother, and arrive just in time to experience Birmingham Sunday.

Awards Won by this Book

   -Newbery Honor 1996
   -Horn Book Magazine Fanfare Award 1996
   -ALA Notable Book
   -ALA Best Book for Young Adults 1996
   -ALA Coretta Scott King Honor Book 1996
   -Women's Int'l League for Peace/Freedom Honor

Reading Levels for The Watsons Go to Birmingham

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

Available Covers for this Book

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