The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

The 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. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who's thirteen and an "official juvenile ...

Details The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

TitleThe Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
Release DateDec 12th, 2000
PublisherLaurel Leaf
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade

Reviews The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

  • Brina
    Christopher Paul Curtis wanted to be a writer but had yet to get a break. Working on a mechanic line in a Flint, Michigan automotive factory, he penned three historical fiction novels for middle grade children. In 1995 his first novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham- 1963 was published, and lead Curtis out of the automobile industry and into the forefront of children's literature. The winner of both the Newberry and Coretta Scott King as well as oth...
  • Stacey
    When my 10 year old says, "Mom, you HAVE to read this!" and checks my progress, it melts my heart. I'm only a few pages in, but I'm wondering why my 5th grade teacher didn't offer great books(or any for that matter) for us to read!This truly is YA. It's full of adolescent antics, lights up the importance of family and told the story of an incident that happened in Birmingham '63. It's an important read for kids and provided the opportunity to tal...
  • Andrea
    I stayed up super late finishing The Watsons Go to Brimingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis, and I can’t stop thinking about it. I can’t tell you how artful I thought it was… well, let me try.First, I have a big problem with history (so much so that it is truly embarrassing) and I always have had this problem —I need to know the people and stories behind the events to remember anything. I also have a big problem with reading historical ...
  • Stephanie
    The plot is simple: 10-year-old Kenny (the narrator) has a loving family: a mom and dad, a little sister (Joetta), and a big, tough brother (Byron). Byron starts getting into typical teenage trouble. Kenny's parents decide to take the family on a road trip to visit grandmom in Alabama. They figure she can straighten Byron out with some old-school discipline. During the family's visit, a church is bombed and 4 little girls are killed (taken from t...
  • Sarah
    Kenny Watson is a ten-year-old resident of Flint, Michigan. The year is 1963, and Kenny, having grown up in an overwhelmingly black neighborhood and never visited his mother’s family down South, has not personally experienced much racism. He’s seen violence against people of color on TV, but those scenes might as well be happening on another planet to him. He just worries about playing with his plastic dinosaurs and evading his brother Byron,...
  • Mariah Roze
    I read this in like middle school and LOVED IT!That's like all I remember hahahaha
  • Dominic
    I just can't recommend The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963. While the book can be pretty funny and the Weird Watsons are a tight-knit, pretty-darn-average family filled with support and love, it also meanders and at times even plods. I'm surprising myself to say this (because I rarely say this about any book), but I actually found it pretty boring.The episodes, or vignettes, have the feel of the Jean Shepherd-inspired film, A Christmas Story (and...
  • Kael Markham
    The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis is a historical fiction book. In this novel, Kenny and his family live in Flint, Michigan. His brother, Byron, has not stopped acting up and Kenny's Momma and Dad do not know what to do with him. They then come to an agreement to go down to Birmingham, Alabama where they were going to stay with Kenny's grandma for awhile, then leave Byron there for the summer. On their trip, in the car ...
  • Connor Bray
    The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 A historical fiction By Christopher Paul Curtis. In this novel 'The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963', tells about a family that consist of Kenny, Byron, Momma, Dad And joey the girl. This story was about a troubled kid named Byron who finally goes overboard and is sent to live with his strict grandmother named Grandma Sands in Birmingham, Alabama during the civil rights movement when segregation was still a big thi...
  • Blake
    The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 is a great historical fiction book to read the author of this book is Christopher Paul Curtis. The book shows you what it was like to be in an African American family in 1963 of the southern and northern parts of America. I for one loved The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 I thought it was really funny at some parts but really sad at other parts. I don't have a brother and I got to see what it was like having an ...
  • Rashika (is tired)
    A list of thoughts upon reading this novel.1. I love children's lit and middle grade.2. I love my teacher for making us read this book.3. I love this fucking book.4. Kids are mean.5. WHERE ARE THE FUCKING TISSUES.6. The Watsons are the best.
  • Aj Sterkel
    Likes: I guess this is technically a reread because a teacher read this novel to our class when I was in elementary school. I picked the book up again because I didn’t remember much about it. I knew I liked it. I vaguely remembered the rebellious older brother, the ugly car, and the scary thing that happens at the end. The rest of the story was very foggy in my mind.Now that I’ve reread it, I can confirm that the writing and character develop...
  • Maddox Demers
    Funny and has the serious parts towards to the end.
  • Samantha Houser
    The book called The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis is a historical fiction book. The setting of this novel is placed in the year of 1963. The characters are Kenny, who's point of view it is told by, Byron, his older brother, Joey, his younger brother, and his parents, Daniel and Wilona. They live in Flint, Michigan but they go to Birmingham for a while. The main plot is that Byron is such a bad behaving kid, a juvenile d...
  • Teresa
    3.5 starsThis was the first novel written by this author, and though I liked it, I liked his Bud, Not Buddy, especially its narratorial voice, more. Though most of this story is told in a lighthearted way as we learn about this family, the beginning was almost hard for me to read with its matter-of-fact depiction of the bullying that the narrator and his friend receive, as he wonders why bullies are the ones who can be so funny. The ending is exq...
  • Maya B
    Loved it. I recommend to parents to read along with their children. I think its a book that touches on issues that will get families talking.
  • Eileen
    3-3.5 starsAn animated, spontaneous, and generally light-hearted view of family life from the perspective of 10-year-old Kenny up until the family's eye-opening road trip to Birmingham, Alabama where there is ultimately a shift in focus to a more somber event in U.S. history. Although the plot summary notes the 1963 time period as one of the darkest times, race is not directly touched upon until after the halfway point where it is only addressed ...
  • Gabe Thompson
    I gave the historical fiction novel The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis a four star rating.This novel takes place in Flint, Michigan-1963 and also switches back between Birmingham, Alabama. My favorite character in the novel is definitely Kenny, who is the narrator. I like that the story is told by a ten year old boy because it comes from such a different view point. Kenny's brother Byron is a 13 year old juvenile delinqu...
  • Hiram Alexander
    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 lik...
  • Barbara
    A great read set at the time when the Civil Rights Movement was brought to national attention. It is the story of an African American family living in Michigan - the father works in an auto factory and is a member of the UAW union. Their lives illustrate differences for African Americans living in the north and the south.This novel for middle readers (probably 4th -6th grade) tells the story of the Watson family who live in Flint Michigan. Mrs. W...
  • Didi
    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.
  • Anna
    This is probably my favorite book of all time. It had every element that I love in a book. It was hilarious with great descriptions, and at the same time it was powerful and thoughtful.
  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    RATING: 3.5 STARS(Review Not on Blog)When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was really intrigued by it. A child's perspective of 1963, Birmingham (USA) seemed pretty heavy a subject. This novel in a sense is for middle school children and the adult issues are balanced with children's humour and perspective. I found Kenny, quite endearing, and his family so interesting and fun. This is a well-written novel that I think would be perfect for...
  •  Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ
    This was a well written story, one that was mostly filled with anecdotes about the life of an African American family during the 1960s. The anecdotes worked well to weave a cohesive story, one that touches on the struggles in the Civil Rights Movement, especially in the South. I enjoyed the narrative written from the perspective of a fourth grade student, Kenny. His interaction with friends and family set the stage for the cultural diversity and ...
  • Taneka
    Kenny Watson lives with his family in Flint Michigan. His older brother, Byron, has been getting into trouble and running with the wrong crowd. Meanwhile, Kenny is constantly being bullied at school, in his neighborhood and most times at the hand of Byron. Byron’s misbehavior has become too much for the family to bear, so they head down south with the intentions of leaving Byron behind to be taken care of by his grandmother, but the south has i...
  • Monica
    I would highly recommend this book to students and adults alike. This book was above all, a very funny read. The summary of the novel does not prepare you for the fact that about 60% of the book takes place before the family even leaves to go on the road trip to Birmingham. While there is no shortage of funny situations, the majority of the book is just that—recounting the funny things that go on between siblings and parents within a family—s...
  • Diamond Riddick
    The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963Book Review Reading about the weird Watsons is no joke. Ok maybe it is. They stay funny and calm during their hard situations. Overall I give this book 4 stars. It is an attention grabber throughout the entire book. The book is very relatable, and gives strong family values. First, is Daniel Watson the dad, he is the breadwinner, and a fun loving father. Second, is Wilona Watson the mom, She runs the household...
  • Trinity
    In a historical fiction, The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis. I rated the book five stars. In the story The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963, out main characters are a boy named Kenny and his older brother Byron. They live in Flint, Michigan and Byron is a juvenile delinquent. He sets fires and does things he is not suppose to do. Momma threatens to send him to Alabama for the school year if he does not clean up his act. B...