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The Resource The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963 : a novel, by Christopher Paul Curtis, (electronic resource)

The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963 : a novel, by Christopher Paul Curtis, (electronic resource)

Label
The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963 : a novel
Title
The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sometimes 10-year-old Kenny can't believe his own family. Sometimes they act so crazy he thinks they should be known as the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. Between trying to understand his parents' humor and dealing with his too-cool older brother and crybaby-tattletale little sister, Kenny never has a dull moment. So, Kenny wonders, how will this wacky bunch survive when Momma and Dad load the whole family into the "Brown Bomber" for the long drive down to Birmingham, Alabama to visit Grandma Sands? With only a few brief rest stops along the way, the Watsons finally arrive in Birmingham, greeted by stifling heat and Grandma's strong hugs. Just when the family starts to settle into a comfortable Southern rhythm, tragedy strikes in Birmingham and changes all their lives forever. A bomb, planted by white racists, explodes in a local church, killing four African-American girls and injuring many others. At first Kenny thinks his sister Joey might be among those who were hurt. Even though she turns out to be safe, Kenny can't shake the image of the crumbled, burning church and the screaming people gathered around it. The family packs up and heads out of town that night. Back home in Flint, the Watsons struggle to understand how anyone could be hateful enough to commit such a horrible crime. But through the sadness and confusion, Kenny comes to understand something else. He gains a new appreciation for the strong love that makes the Watsons not so weird, but very, very special
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 in the summer of 1963
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 1996
  • California Young Reader Medal, Middle School, 1998.
  • Golden Kite Award for Fiction, 1995.
  • Josette Frank Award, 1995.
  • Land of Enchantment Book Award (New Mexico), Young Adult category, 2000.
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1996
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
088175
Cataloging source
TEFOD
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/lexile
920
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 12
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963 : a novel, by Christopher Paul Curtis, (electronic resource)
Link
http://digital.arapahoelibraries.org/ContentDetails.htm?ID=32551438-77C9-4350-9937-9B7E8B39B734
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Publication
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Title from eBook information screen
Color
multicolored
Control code
ocn238586844
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780385729857
Isbn Type
(electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
32551438-77C9-4350-9937-9B7E8B39B734
System control number
(OCoLC)238586844
System details
Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 555 KB)
Label
The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963 : a novel, by Christopher Paul Curtis, (electronic resource)
Link
http://digital.arapahoelibraries.org/ContentDetails.htm?ID=32551438-77C9-4350-9937-9B7E8B39B734
Publication
Note
Title from eBook information screen
Color
multicolored
Control code
ocn238586844
Dimensions
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780385729857
Isbn Type
(electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
32551438-77C9-4350-9937-9B7E8B39B734
System control number
(OCoLC)238586844
System details
Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 555 KB)

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