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 Watsons go to Birmingham--1963 : a novel
 Author: Curtis, Christopher Paul

 Publisher:  Delacorte Press (1995)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 210 p.,  22 cm.

 BTSB No: 253865 ISBN: 9780385321754
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Subjects:
 African Americans -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Prejudices -- Fiction

Price: $21.36

Summary:
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.00
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 11552
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 5.50
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 12252

Awards:
 Newbery Honor, 1996
Coretta Scott King Author Honor, 1996

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 3 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 3.RF Fluency
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 6 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Craft & Structure

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (10/01/95)
   School Library Journal (+) (10/95)
   Booklist
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (01/96)
 The Hornbook (+) (03/96)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2000 Gr 5-8-In the only Newbery Honor book to make my list, the weighty issues and historical perspectives don't get in the way of a very funny family. Byron plays some awful tricks on his younger brother Kenny, but readers can't help but laugh at some of his less harmful teasing. He tells a convincing story to little sister Joey about how garbage trucks scoop up frozen Southern folks who don't dress warmly enough, and half-fools Kenny with his tall tale. While the boys supply many of the laughs, it's clear that they get their sense of humor from their dad. His gentle teasing and tongue-in-cheek exaggerations can be hilarious. Laughter and Tears Award: More than any other book on my list, the humor in The Watsons shifts to near tragedy and many thought-provoking developments. The serious stuff succeeds in part because readers grow so close to this family through the humor that comes earlier in the book. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information. - Copyright 2000 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 08/01/1995 In a voice that’s both smart and naive, strong and scared, fourth-grader Kenny Watson tells about his African American family in Flint, Michigan, in 1963. We get to know his strict, loving parents and his tough older brother, who gets into so much trouble his parents decide to take him back “home” to Birmingham, Alabama, where maybe his strong grandmother will teach him some sense. Several of the family stories are a bit self-conscious (we keep being told we’re going to laugh as Dad puts on a show and acts the fool), but the relationships aren’t idealized. Racism and the civil rights movement are like a soft rumble in the background, especially as the Watsons drive south. Then Kenny’s cute little sister is in a Birmingham church when a bomb goes off. She escapes (Curtis doesn’t exploit the horror), but we’re with Kenny as he dreads that she’s part of the rubble. In this compelling first novel, form and content are one: in the last few chapters, the affectionate situation comedy is suddenly transformed, and we see how racist terror can invade the shelter of home. - Copyright 1995 Booklist.

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