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  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Narrated By LeVar Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (140)
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    (59)
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    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, Kenny, and Byron, Kenny's older brother, who at thirteen is an "official juvenile delinquent." When Momma and Dad 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. Heading south, they're going to Birmingham, Alabama, and toward one of the darkest moments in America's history.

    Melissa says: "Required reading but not too bad"
    "One of the best books ever!"
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    The Watsons go to Birmingham: 1963 has been one of my favorite books since I was in fourth grade, it's a funny and exciting book. LeVar Burton does a fantastic job of narrating he makes the story even more exciting than it is and the sound effects make the story sound even more interesting and gives you that nail bitting feeling of what is going to happen next. Whenever Alabama, ice box Michigan, or when someones in trouble I can sometimes listen him saying "Ready, aim, fire!", one of the catchiest lines that is said a lot throughout the book.Although I remember(in 4th grade) the ending of the story got a little scary, I remember it was interesting because the story's theme is about actual and relatively recent events that had happened here in our very own United States. It's a good book to read before a lesson about the African-American Civil Rights Movement to kids because the book doesn't talk about a lot of gory events that happened. It's a good opportunity to sit down with your kids and discuss about racism, human rights, etc. This book will always be in my top ten favorites list. If you liked this audiobook you should also listen to Bud, Not Buddy, another great story narrated by James Avery (also known as Phillip Banks from the Fresh Price of Bel Air)

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