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The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 Audiobook

The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

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.

By turns comic, tragic and touching, this remarkable Newbery Honor work, delightfully performed by LeVar Burton in this unabridged production, will delight listeners young and old as they meet Christopher Paul Curtis, a storyteller of bold ambition and a true and original voice, and his inimitable Watsons.

©1995 Christopher Paul Curtis; (P)1996 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Marvelous...both comic and deeply moving." (The New York Times Book Review)
"An exceptional first novel." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    damian 03-25-16
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    I love this book it was inspiring and entertaining. It was amazing. I would recommend this.

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    Amazon Customer 03-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "EXCELLENT!"

    Loved it! My Fifth grade class couldn't put this book down! A must read for all ages.

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    Mary Moore 03-01-16
    Mary Moore 03-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantabulous"

    I loved it, it has great humor, that dyslexic children can an understand. it has an unexpecting ending from what you hear on the begging.

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    jmo 02-24-16
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    "Great family read"

    This would be perfect to listen to on a family road trip or over summer vacation. It is enjoyable for adults and kids love it! I teach 6th through 8th grade. The 6th graders couldn't get enough, yet the older kids appreciated the deeper themes about family.

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    francisco borja 02-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Sadly Amazing"

    This book is so amazing I would defenently give it 5 stars I can't stop listening to it it's so amazing❗❗❗❗❗❗❗

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    Rae Pierce Shepherd 08-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story"

    Great story during a time of southern racism. However the story seems more a story of childhood and shares common themes of all people. Relationships in families and kindness to those less fortunate are what we hope to give our children and next generation of children. Happy my child has this on his reading list this year! I am delighted to be able to share in conversations with him about this story.

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    Sheree 08-03-15
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    "Best book ever!!"

    This book is amazing I thought it might be a little boring but not at all this has got to be one of my favorite books.I really loved the reader his voice was not to slow but not fast his voice was very calming.I disliked nothing about about this book. I gave this 5 stars because it so fun and interesting to read. I totally recommend you reading this book because I promise you will love!

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    Kathleen McAfee 06-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable!"

    I really enjoyed this story. It was realistic and entertaining. I could relate to the characters.

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    Amy 03-17-15
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    "Great!"

    We listened to this on our way to the civil rights institute in Birmingham. It was funny, touching and opened our eyes.

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    Brittany 03-13-15
    Brittany 03-13-15
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    Where does The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kenny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Byron getting his lips stuck.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Weird Watsons Go to Birmingham


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good book. Read it with my fifth graders and they love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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