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kindle ô The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 Ò Paperback read ï [Reading] ➹ The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 By Christopher Paul Curtis – The Newbery Honor winning American classic The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 celebrates 20 years with this anniversary edition featurinD decide it's time for a visit to Grandma Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra Glide and the Watsons set out on a trip like no other They're heading South to Birmingham Alabama toward one of the darkest moments in America's histor This is the only other novel I have read by Curtis and I enjoyed it even than Bud Not Buddy I did not have to read this one in school so I had to track it down myself I remember listening to the audio version at age eleven or twelve and loving the Watsons and all of their random adventures The first incident the one where the elder brother gets his lips stuck to a car mirror in winter because he was kissing his reflection is one of my favorite moments in fiction so far The brothers throwing cookies at birds or eating them until they are sick is easily remembered as well Even the scenes about school back in the early 60s and the cruelty of kids to those less fortunate was brilliantly done The last third of the book becomes much serious with the church bombing however and only now that I’m a little older can I appreciate the genius in that When I was young I didn’t really understand the significance of that section of the book and the only thing I remember really enjoying was the “whirlpool” scene which gave me chills Later the way the author made everything in this book work and still made it something that anyone can enjoy floors me Brilliant novel Absolutely brilliant and I recommend it to all those who didn’t already have to read it

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A 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 delinuent When Momma and Da 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 the historical Sixteenth Street Baptist Church that was bombed on September 15 1963 This event changes not only Byron's life but it touches the narrator Kenny as well At one point everyone in the family couldn't find Joetta and they feared she died in the bombingThe book is one of those sleepers because for the first 150 pages the reader gets good family fun a wonderful collection of memorable characters The climax comes in the last 30 pages of the book but when the danger finally comes the reader gets punched in the gut There's a point near the end when Kenny says he feels ashamed and doesn't know why Curtis perfectly captured that moment every black child has when he or she has learned that some people in the world will want to kill them just for being black I remember feeling the same way when my dad and I had to go to a grocery store in a white neighborhood after the LA riots in '92As a sidenote if I taught this book in a middle grade school class we'd definitely watch the documentary Four Little Girls by Spike Lee for an extended discussion of the book

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963The 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 Paulett 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 tryFirst 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 fiction It often seems so “fixed”— Tell some story around the facts you want to present I want to read a story that is a story before it is about any time period or historical events I have to get to know history from the inside out and that is just what this great book allows me to do—through all my own strengths feelings nuances humor imaginationthrough story I will never forget these characters They are people I know Character development is paramount in this book It is their growth that pulls the story along not events Best of all it is an enjoyable rideI am not uite sure how Curtis crafted such a lovely book It is in his storytelling I don’t doubt for a moment any word on any page I was especially touched by the ideas that could have only come from some childhood somewhere because they were so oddly kid So many of his ideas must have come from some childhood he did know intimately They seem impossible to make up because they are so perfectly how children’s minds work like the Watson’s pet hospital behind the couch Some kids must have invented that idea Did Curtis really create these ideas? Also the idea of the Wool Pooh That is just how a kid interprets or misinterprets thingsand how it becomes a real entity in his mind The way Kenny plays with his friends with the dinosaurs and they talk about the “radioactiveness” and the looking sideways at things so his lazy eye looked straight All these little things that TELL the story and tell the characters and make it so real The big uestion is How can what he writes ring so true to me someone who has known no life such as this That is his everyman secret Curtis just tells his story; he disappears and the characters lead you through by the hand It is seamless You never doubt for a moment or “come out of it” and become self aware that you are just reading a book or wonder “why?” or ask if that sounds realistic Curtis never “narrates” His voice is one with the story You never hear him We experience for ourselves each character’s emotional struggles by being in the story ourselves I was so involved with every thought Kenny had they were my own thoughts He doesn’t tell us Kenny was depressedKenny doesn’t know what he himself is feeling We just feel it sink into us You just absorb this book In this way this book is almost like a poem or a ballad or a song You have to just experience it You have to experience their family life And if you never had a family before this book would show you what family is —that abstract part you can’t put your finger onjust by how it feels Sure it is rough sure it is messy but each character is imperfectly perfect and it is what it isThe Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 is immediately one of my all time favorite books now And for all those reasons that are hard to define in words I like that it has no feeling of tidiness of preconceieved ideas of how to tell a story with no real beginning or end of a story You just enter into it as the Watsons are living their lives It has no clean little moral or happy ever after or lesson learned or plotted out literary devices and tie up the loose ends conclusion That is how a real story is That is how life is We just enter it and it unfolds That is part of the fluidity of this book The seamless unselfconscious telling of a story that just tells itself Simply it is artfulThe book fits the vague Newberry criteria just fine; it fits the Coretta Scottt King criteria exceptionally well The book does indeed help the reader to uestion and understand his own attitudes as a citizen of a pluralistic society and includes well drawn characters that portray growthThank you Christopher Paul Curtis