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The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

by Christopher Paul Curtis

A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird  Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Kenny's  13-year-old brother, Byron, gets to be too much trouble,  they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma,...

A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird  Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Kenny's  13-year-old brother, Byron, gets to be too much trouble,  they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the  one person who can shape him up. And they happen to  be in Birmingham when Grandma's church is blown  up.

Paperback - 210 pages - $7.99
ISBN: 044022800X (ISBN13: 9780440228004)
Published Dec 12, 2000 by Laurel Leaf
First published 1995

requested by

Mrs. Cox (4th Grade Teacher)

at Clear Lake Elementary School, Eugene, OR

Here since Jul 23, 2015

Books received - 7

This year marks my 14th year in education. I started my career teaching 5th grade and then served as an elementary school principal. Prior to serving as 4th grade teacher, I worked with an international non-profit that provides teacher training. I have loved each part of my journey, but my heart is truly in the classroom. I love coming to school each day to help my students learn and grow!

why I requested this book

Love, love, love this book! This realistic fiction book is a fabulous read and something I think will help in offering more titles that are appealing to boys....

Love, love, love this book! This realistic fiction book is a fabulous read and something I think will help in offering more titles that are appealing to boys. The girls seem to easily find titles that are of interest to them, but the boys frequently report that 'there aren't any books for boys'.

the class

My students are eager to please and hard-workers. Our school serves a large population of high-poverty students, so having reading materials readily available...

My students are eager to please and hard-workers. Our school serves a large population of high-poverty students, so having reading materials readily available at school is particularly important.

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Thank you so very much for your donation! Our reading curriculum, Journeys, introduces several historical fiction titles and the kids love that this so closely rivals those stories. They feel like they 'know' the feel of the book before they ever open it.