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The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 Audiobook

The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963

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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)

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    tnt9kids 09-07-17
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    "So inspirational"

    I luv this book an I HATE reading an I mean it I recommend it for first time readers you'll luv it if you try

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it"

    I Loved the book so much that I REEEEEAAAAALLY WANT another new
    book of The Watsons Go To Birmingham. Like The Watsons Go To Birmingham 2 or something else like that. So this is my favorite book of all time.

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    Amazon Customer Garden Grove, CA, United States 06-29-17
    Amazon Customer Garden Grove, CA, United States 06-29-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Funny, cute, and touching."

    This is a very entertaining story. I chose this book because it was about Alabama. It's target audience is children, but adults will enjoy the humor and child perspective too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karin Gesell Lodi, NJ United States 06-15-17
    Karin Gesell Lodi, NJ United States 06-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Beyond Wonderful"

    This book is truly beyond wonderful. We read this in my 7th grade language arts class & the mix of fun & actual history is very poignant. And I totally love LeVar Burtons narration. He makes it fun & enjoyable to listen too

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    Candy Meyer 06-03-17
    Candy Meyer 06-03-17 Member Since 2013
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    What made the experience of listening to The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 the most enjoyable?

    LeVar Burton has a great reading voice and was the perfect choice for reading this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The oldest boy getting his lips stuck to the mirror while admiring himself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of very funny parts which helped balance out the shocking reality of inequalities and prejudice in the world.


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    T. R. Humperdink 05-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "11 - year old reviewer"
    If you could sum up The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 in three words, what would they be?

    funny, witty ,and heart-felt.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Byron. He is really funny and disobedient which doubles the funniness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Byron Watson made a movie about Nazi parachuters getting shot down.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part that moved me was when Byron saved his brother from the whirlpool.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is funny and sweet I've listened to it 3 times. I think you'll love it too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristy S. Smith 04-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Upper elementary"

    Good for upper elementary aged students. It is more of a coming of age story rather than a book that deals with segregation and racism in the early 1960s.

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    Amazon Customer 12-09-16
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    "best book ever"

    This was the best book i have ever read. It had dram and kepped me reading all night long.

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    just shopping 08-31-16
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    "truly amazing"

    love love love it!! had me crying tears of joy and tears of sadness.

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    Anne Boutilier 05-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "great story, my 10 year old loved it"

    amazing story with great messages. heartwarming, funny, informative and a great way to pass a 5 hour drive

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